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article imageSmart ship showcases Chinese navigational excellence

By Karen Graham     Dec 9, 2017 in Technology
Shangai - China's first domestically developed smart ship, the Great Intelligence, docked in Shanghai this week, opening a new era of global Chinese intelligent navigation systems, according to state media sources.
The Great Intelligence is a modified 32-meter (105 feet)-wide, 15-meter (49 feet) tall, 38,800-ton deadweight tonnage (DWT) bulk carrier similar to the well-known Green Dolphin concept.
The ship was designed and built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) subsidiaries Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) and Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co respectively.
The ship features a SOMS system developed by CSSC’s Systems Engineering Research Institute. SOMS is a marine system with autonomous learning ability, along with an intelligent operating system. It can analyze real-time navigation and meteorological data, pick the best routes and alert the crew to hidden dangers in advance.
Qiu Bohua, with the Systems Engineering Research Institute of CSSC, quoted as saying: "Great Intelligence will become smarter as it accumulates more data. Not only can it spot dangers and system bugs, it also can lower transport costs and raise efficiency."
Li Xin, innovation center smart ship project team vice director, SDARI, said: “SDARI has been making effort to design ships that are safe, economic and efficient. Great Intelligence is one of those. We redesigned the ship as a digital ship, we didn’t just apply the smart systems. After the delivery, it will be an example of what a smart ship is and make the shipping safer, more economical and more efficient.”
Great Intelligence finished a week-long sea trial before it was delivered on Tuesday, passing expected benchmarks with flying colors. The vessel actually showed greater fuel efficiency than the original Green Dolphin designed ships, coming in at 17.67 tons of oil a day at standard speeds, compared to the Green Dolphin's fuel consumption which is said to be 17.7 t/day at 14 knots and only 6.4 t/day at an Eco speed of ten knots.
Great Intelligence is also the first smart ship to pass official assessments by the China Classification Society and Lloyd's Register of Shipping. The ship will be used by Sinotrans Shipping to transport coal and salt between China, Australia, and Southeast Asia.
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