Classification society DNV GL has added a chapter to its ship classification rules with three new notations covering digital features and introduced a new ’Smart Vessel’ notation
The society said the additions are an acknowledgment that vessels, their systems and components are now increasingly linked to the internet, and thus part of a network of online maritime assets resulting in real-time data, increased automation, decision support, remote monitoring, and overall boosts to safety and performance. At the same time, the data has a dramatic effect on the way the industry looks at information, while opening up new business models and risks.
DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen said “The pandemic has triggered a renaissance in the maritime industry, as we see greater and deeper adoption of digital solutions to enhance safety, sustainability and efficiency.”
“The key to maximising the potential of these digital technologies and strategies is to enable companies to more easily build trust in them. With the new Digital Features chapter, we have laid a clear class foundation for three of the most essential building blocks of maritime digitalisation.”
The Digital Features chapter is supported by two new DNV GL class guidelines and sets out the basic features of a smart vessel and how new digital solutions can be implemented to unlock new efficiencies and opportunities.
The three initial notations to be offered are Data collection infrastructure (D-INF); Data-driven verification (DDV); and Remote witnessing preparedness/network and connectivity (REW).
D-INF sets out the requirements for the complete data collection infrastructure, including an onboard data server, a data relay component and remote data server, as well as the connection to shore. This applies to onboard equipment delivered by both the yard and the owner when applied for class purposes.
DDV sets the requirements for the gathering, treatment and delivery of collected data to ensure the quality of this data for use in a class assessment. For specified systems, the verified data can be used in the certification and classification of those systems in maritime and offshore vessels. The notation covers several different verification methods, including self-verifying systems and digital twins.
REW provides the requirements for systems and solutions used in remote witnessing. To enable remote interaction with technical experts the notation outlines the onboard arrangements for live streaming throughout the vessel. Two qualifiers indicate functionality for real-time witnessing, remote test functions and sharing system display information with or without remote control of the system enabled.
The Smart Vessel notation is a voluntary notation that provides a framework for assessing and visualising digital vessel features. The three qualifiers (OPM, OPH and EEN) demonstrate a vessel is utilising enhancements that improve operations, efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts.
Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said “Right across the industry we are seeing a wave of innovation that is propelling the industry forward. These new rules and notations give our customers the perfect platform for demonstrating cutting edge technologies and unlocking the value they bring to the market.”
The new chapter was launched on 28 October and will enter into force on 1 January 2021. A description of the rules can be found here.
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