SEOUL – A smart ship platform developed by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, a leading shipbuilder in South Korea, has achieved certification from an international classification society in the United States. The shipbuilder believes the certification will simplify the process of applying its smart system to ships without separate verification.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) said its DS4 intelligent ship platform won the Product Design Assessment (PDA) award from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). DSME said that the quality of its solution has been objectively verified by meeting more specific and reinforced requirements so that it can be applied immediately to actual ships.
DSME is the first in the industry to obtain PDA certification in the field of cybersecurity. The company would provide a smart ship solution that ensures security against external cyber threats, as well as the systems needed to maintain and repair various data that helps ships perform optimally.
DSME considers cybersecurity to be a key element of autonomous vessels. “We believe this certification will serve as a cornerstone in advancing the era of autonomous ships,” DSME R&D institute chief Choi Dong-kyu said in an Oct. 5 statement.
As South Korean shipbuilders work hard to develop smart ship technologies, the demand for cybersecurity protection has increased due to the rapid convergence of operational information and communication technologies. Cyber security technology is designed to protect data and software from outside threats.
Smart ships are expected to revolutionize the landscape of ship design and operations. Besides traffic efficiency, smart ships can minimize human error which has caused around 70-80% of shipping accidents. Intelligent navigation can be divided into unmanned vessels operated by an operator from a shore-based control center and autonomous vessels that use an on-board computer that makes decisions about route, speed, fuel consumption. , maintenance and even mooring in the port.
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