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Friday, August 16, 2019 

Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MAN ES of Germany for collaboration on smart ship technology development.

SHI says it has pushed ahead with advancing smart ship technology thanks to joint work with global equipment producers on SVESSEL, a smart ship system independently developed by Samsung. SHI has now signed an MoU with German engine technology company 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 SHI's cloud-based SVESSEL smart ship system. 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.

Since January 2019 SHI has been cooperating with WinGD of Switzerland to develop a remote engine diagnosis technology applicable to LNG-fuelled vessels. Samsung says it will continue 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.

SHI adds that SVESSEL has received attention from the industry as a win-win model between shipbuilders and equipment companies. "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, VP SHI Ship & Offshore Research Institute.

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