Powering China’s First Cyber-Enabled Smart Ship

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Great Intelligence is China’s home-grown pilot smart ship project. It features an intelligent navigation system. This application note spotlights the use of Moxa products for the vessel's intelligent Integrated Navigation System (INS).





Great Intelligence is China’s home-grown pilot smart ship project. It features an intelligent navigation system. The ship is an updated version of the successful Green Dolphin fuel efficient bulk carrier design. Great Intelligence fulfils Lloyds Register (LR) requirements for cyber-enabled ship (CES). CES includes Cyber AL2 Safe (Navigation, Propulsion, Steering), Cyber AL2 Maintain (M/E, A/E, Boiler, Shaft) and Cyber AL2 Perform (Energy Management).


System Requirements


  • Collect and process data from over five hundred sensors to facilitate safe sailing. Ensure the most appropriate route is taken, and perform predictive maintenance to minimise downtime

  • Develop an intelligent integrated navigation system (INS) that can reliably collect wind direction and ocean current data and then utilise this data to suggest the optimal route.

  • A secure network to ensure smooth data filtering and transmission when using different subnets.

  • All devices have to be able to withstand weather extremes anywhere in the world to ensure they do not get disconnected from the integrated navigation system.

  • Multiple maritime certifications to ensure seamless entry into sea ports around the world.


Moxa Solution


Ensure Smooth Transmission of Data from Sensors to the Control Center


To ensure that data such as wind direction and ocean current is collected reliably and securely from sensors, Moxa’s serial-to-Ethernet solution (NPort 5400 Series) and industrial secure router (EDR-810 Series) connect with multiple serial-based sensors and transmit the data to an Ethernet network through multi-layered security.


After the INS receives the data, Moxa’s marine computers (MC-7200-MP-T Series), which feature eight NMEA ports coupled with strong computing power, processes large amounts of data quickly to determine the ideal route for the ship to take.


Moxa’s panel computers (MPC-2240 Series) monitor automation systems to avoid system downtime, which helps ensure safe operation of the ship. In order for the system to remain stable throughout journeys, all of Moxa’s solutions are tailor made for the marine industry and include products with fanless, thermal, and industrial designs that can protect against corrosion from high humidity, salinity, and fog.


Ships that have intelligent control centers make sailing more efficient. This enhance the vessel's competiveness within the marine industry. Continuous data collection and data analytics has allowed Great Intelligence to become an autonomous ship. 


Why Moxa 


High-performance computing platform to process large amounts of data collected from sensors and display high resolution images on an ECDIS-compliant screen in the INS.
Moxa industrial secure router includes a high-performance firewall that prevents unauthorized connections from within the WAN without creating unacceptable amounts of latency when transmitting data.
Devices operate reliably in temperatures ranging from -40 to 70°C.
Moxa devices are compliant with IEC 60945 Edition 4, IEC 61174, IEC 61162, and IACS E10 as well as the following maritime standards and certifications DNV GL, ABS, LR, NK, and CCS.