In order to maximize work efficiency by minimizing the negative effects of unexpected weather conditions to manage the sea trial schedules of ships and operate floating cranes, Hyundai Heavy Industries, (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, developed a weather detection system. This system is built as sensors every 60 meters in specific areas that can help deliver a precise forecast of sea weather.
HHI announced on July 20 that it developed the “Sea Weather Forecasting System,” which is based on a geographic information system (GIS), in co-operation with the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST).
The system can also display sea weather information on specific spots on an electronic navigational chart. In particular, it will be capable of analyzing sea weather information 72 hours in advance. It will measure wave height, wind speed, and current patterns on an hourly basis in seven offshore areas along with Ulsan, Gunsan, and Jeju Island. These are all locations where HHI runs experimental trips for new vessels. Accordingly, the company can manage sea trial schedules of ships in a timely manner. The system is already installed in Mipo Bay and Jeonha Bay in Ulsan where HHI is based, The monitoring is expected to minimize any possible delays of floating crane lifting work due to unexpected weather conditions.
Until now, HHI has paid 500 million won (US$432,900) annually to weather forecasting companies at home and abroad to receive relevant data. With system development, the company can save millions of won each year.