Autonomous cargo ship completes first ever transoceanic voyage

AI route optimisation increased fuel efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in voyage across Pacific Ocean

Anthony Cuthbertson
Tuesday 07 June 2022 17:54 BST
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The Prism Courage navigated from the Gulf of Mexico, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific Ocean to South Korea using autonomous navigation technology developed by Hyundai’s subsidiary Avikus
The Prism Courage navigated from the Gulf of Mexico, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific Ocean to South Korea using autonomous navigation technology developed by Hyundai’s subsidiary Avikus (Hyundai Avikus)

A self-steering ship has completed the world’s first transoceanic voyage of a large vessel using autonomous navigation technology.

Avikus, which is a subsidiary of the world’s largest shipbuilding company HD Hyundai, announced that the 180,000 square-metre-class ultra-large vessel Prism Courage completed the 20,000km (12,500 mile) journey on 2 June.

Setting off from the Gulf of Mexico, the Prism Courage sailed through the Panama Canal before crossing the Pacific Ocean to the Boryeong LNG Terminal in South Korea.

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