Hyundai Heavy Industries has developed Hyundai Intelligent Collision Avoidance Support System (HiCASS) in Korea to ensure the safe and optimum navigation of vessels. The system was tested on an LNG carrier in June.
The system searches the optimum sea routes and prevents collisions by automatically detecting potential obstacles such as ships and reefs within 50 km. The enhanced accuracy of the system enables vessels to identify hazards based on the type of vessel, weather conditions, waves and wind. The system is equipped with a collision notification system that signals varying levels of caution/danger to ensure safe operation at sea.
HiCASS, installed in conjunction with voyage systems such as Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA), Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Electronic Chart System (ECS), can analyse locations of the obstacles according to International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).
HHI completed its own performance test on the system by running it on a containership and an LNG carrier, respectively in May and June 2014.
The system will be commercialised from 2016 after the sea trial for testing its performance and stability on long distance routes.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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