The 38,800dwt demo smart ship project is the first civilian programme of CSSC Innovation, planned and led by the Shanghai Ship Design & Research Institute with participation from the CSSC Systems Engineering Research Institute, the CSSC Huangpu- Wenchong Shipbuilding Co, the CSSC Power Research Institute and Hudong Heavy Machinery.
The demo ship project is based on China’s design concept of the 38,800dwt Green Dolphin bulk carrier. According to the CSSC, the 38,800dwt smart ship will be designed with the highest technical specifications, smart management and control systems.
The CSSC said: “The specifications have been completed. Several modules have been tested and used on other ships, and the commercial plans for building a smart demo ship have been confirmed.”
The companies involved plan to start construction in September this year and the ship will be delivered in 2017. The smart ship is based on the latest information technology including realtime data transmission and collection, large-capacity calculations, digital modeling and remote control. The integration of these technologies is aimed to guarantee safe navigation and improved operational efficiency of the ship.
Wei Muheng, an engineer working at the Intelligent Maintenance Laboratory for the Platform System Research Institute under CSSC Systems Engineering Research Institute, said: “The project will set up a wholeship information system and enable information integration and data sharing between all the systems and equipment on the ship.
“The project will also utilise intelligent management and control systems, independent analysis, assessment and predictions. This will help with communication between the smart ship and the shore as well as providing remote maintenance and upgrades of ship systems.
“The ship will be designed with remote monitoring, support, management and control by using onshore resources to improve the ships operations and safety. With the ship’s data analysis and taking full advantage of ship design and shipbuilding techniques, the project can provide the ship owner with life cycle value of the ship.”