South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has announced that it signed an MoU with MAN Energy Solutions to facilitate cooperation on technology development of marine engines.
The MOU mainly aims at enhancing operating services of main marine engines by applying the engine diagnosis and high-tech control technology of MAN-ES to SVESSEL – SHI's cloud-based smart ship system.
SHI plans that shipping companies will be able to reduce operating cost with accurate data provided in real time via the upgraded SVESSEL to onshore control centres and vessels on the water as this will facilitate effective navigation and maintenance.
SHI has also been co-operating with WinGD of Switzerland since January in order to develop a remote engine diagnosis technology applicable to LNG-fuelled vessels. It has also continued to expand collaboration with major equipment companies on technology development for smart ship solutions; earlier this month it completed technology development with Hi Air Korea, a Korean company, which enables remote control of cooling and heating, humidity and fan system inside vessels from onshore control centres.
"Equipment manufacturers have actively participated in technology development of our cloud-based smart ship system and this will provide more useful and diverse services to shipowners. By solidifying the ecosystem where both shipbuilders and equipment producers coexist, we will take the lead in developing innovative smart ship system," said Shim, Yong-Lae, Vice President of SHI Ship & Offshore Research Institute.
In July this year, MAN Energy Solutions signed a strategic agreement to cooperate in the field of marine engine systems digitisation with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and HSD Engine.