Avikus emerges as latest member of One Sea alliance

Autonomous shipping alliance One Sea has welcomed South Korea’s Avikus, a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHI Group), as its latest member.

Courtesy of HHI Group

One Sea Secretary General Sinikka Hartonen said: “Welcoming Avikus on board is an exciting development which brings in participation from one of our industry’s most important hubs for innovation. It further highlights One Sea’s continuing expansion in representing the key stakeholders in autonomous ship technology, from Northern Europe, Japan, the US and now South Korea. Our increasingly broad-based membership further supports the advocacy work we are doing on behalf of the industry to support the development of robust regulations for maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS).”

Vice President of Business Development at Avikus Carl Johansson said: “Autonomous vessels have the potential to improve the safety and efficiency while reducing the workload on seafarers, but we can only reap the rewards with the right regulatory framework in place. We are excited to join the alliance and look forward to working with our fellow members towards the common objective of establishing an autonomous maritime ecosystem.”

Avikus, officially founded in January 2021 by HHI Group, specialises in developing autonomous navigation solutions for a range of vessel types.

It offers HiNAS solution for large merchant ships and NeuBoat solution for smaller vessels.

According to Avikus, each of the solutions is available in separate versions to support either navigation or berthing/docking, and NeuBoat Navigation and Docking are also available with a higher degree of automation, to offer the potential to take over aspects of vessel operation, control, and decision-making.

Earlier in the year, Avikus’ Hyundai intelligent Navigation System (HiNAS 2.0) solution supported the SK Shipping ultra-large liquefied natural gas carrier Prism Courage in completing its month-long voyage with its autonomous navigation technologies.

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One Sea alliance has been formed in 2016 and its members include maritime technology companies such as ABB, Cargotec, Haltian, Kongsberg, Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI), Sea Machines Robotics, Tietoevry, and Wärtsilä.

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