Photo: Gas Venus LPG tanker; Image courtesy: KSS Line

KSS Line opts for Hyundai’s smart ship solutions

LPG Tanker Gas Venus
Gas Venus LPG tanker; Image courtesy: KSS Line

Hyundai Global Services (HGS), a solutions provider firm of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has signed a contract to deliver its Smart Ship and Satellite Communications package to KSS Line’s LPG carrier fleet.

The Smart Ship and Satellite Communications package is a combination of the ISS – an IoT platform for ships, developed by HHI Group to support vessel operation and device optimization – supported by Inmarsat’s dedicated bandwidth service.

This achievement is a direct result of a collaboration between HGS, Intellian and Inmarsat.

Intellian and HGS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in July 2019, and a similar arrangement between HGS and Inmarsat was signed in June 2019 at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Oslo.

The package will allow large volumes of measured data to be transmitted between ship and shore, facilitating remote operations and vessel management, monitoring and analysis services, through Fleet Connect dedicated bandwidth.

This is separate from the vessel’s Fleet Xpress connection that will be used for day-to-day business traffic and crew internet use.

“Our plan is for our entire fleet to be operating using the Integrated Smart Ship and Satellite Communications solutions by 2021,” said a spokesman for KSS Line. 

A total of 15 ships are covered by the contract, including five new vessels and 10 already in operation. The five new ships will be equipped with ISS from build, while the 10 existing vessels will be provided with separate supporting web services to relay weather conditions and ship locations.
 
“This is a breakthrough for our Integrated Smart Ship and Satellite Communications solution and a milestone for maritime digitalisation, delivering always-on IoT in a single package with dedicated bandwidth that can be installed on existing ships or embedded at newbuild,” said Kyoungsoo Ahn, HGS Director.
 
“Smart shipping is an area of growth and importance for the maritime industry, with the opportunity for customers to gain efficiencies and cost savings on vessel operations. Through collaborating with our partners and delivering industry leading connectivity solutions, Intellian has a key role to play in helping customers achieve their objectives,” Intellian CEO Eric Sung added.
 

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