Bunker-Saving Smart Ship Unveiled in China

Thursday December 7, 2017

Lloyd's Register (LR) today announced that the first China smart ship, which features bunker-saving capabilities and LR cyber-enabled ship descriptive notes, was unveiled at the Marintec 2017 conference and exhibition.

The vessel, Great Intelligence, was designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and built at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co., Ltd (GWS), with project participation from LR, System Engineering research Institute (SERI), and China Class Society (CCS).

The 38,800 DWT vessel features an intelligent navigation system to optimise shipping routes to save time and fuel consumption.

"The Ship Operation and Maintenance System (SOMS) utilises advanced sensing technology to build the ship's network," said Qiu Bohua, Director of CSSC Systems Engineering Research Institute, Oceanic Intelligent Technology Innovation Centre.

"Moreover, SOMS builds the brain based on intelligent technologies such as machine learning. Finally, SOMS realises the intelligent application such as energy efficiency management system and health management system."

Great Intelligence is a modified version of the fuel-efficient Green Dolphin bulk carrier concept.