China State Shipbuilding Corporation, the largest shipbuilding group in the world, has entered into a new strategic partnership with classification society DNV GL
During the Marintec trade show in China, a framework agreement was signed between China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and DNV GL.
The strategic partnership will focus on developing future-proof solutions and competencies for shipping in fields including alternative fuels, environmentally friendly technologies and new vessel designs to meet IMO greenhouse gas targets, digitalisation and cyber security. Other areas of research and exchange are the design and building of large offshore floating structures, deepsea mining and agriculture, and ocean research activities. Under the agreement, DNV GL will support CSSC in their project engineering, construction and installation process by offering classification, certification, verification, consultancy, software and joint development services to the shipbuilding group.
“This agreement further strengthens the excellent relationship between CSSC and DNV GL,” said DNV GL group president and chief executive Remi Eriksen. “We have worked together on a number of state-of-the-art projects already this year, and with the merger of CSSC and CSIC, I am confident the strategic agreement now signed will create even more joint opportunities in our targeted markets.”
“CSSC and DNV GL have been long-standing friends. The new strategic agreement will further strengthen our co-operation and expand its scope. When the largest shipbuilding group in the world and the leading classification society are joining forces to promote smart manufacturing, new ship research and development, and clean energy utilisation, then this is of benefit for the whole maritime industry,” said CSSC chairman Lei Fanpei.
During the trade fair, DNV GL and CSSC group shipyards had already announced several joint projects, including an approval in principal (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard for the design of a gas-fuelled 25,000 TEU container vessel, which would be the largest ship of its type to date, and a joint development project with Huangpu-Wenchong Shipbuilding Company for a new energy-efficient 5,000-TEU Panamax container ship for the fast-growing intra-Asia trades.
AIPs were also presented to CSSC’s ship design consultancy SDARI for the design of a 93,000/135,000 cbm very large ethane carrier and to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co for a concept design of a box-type self-elevating offshore fish farming unit.
In addition, DNV GL’s artificial intelligence (AI) research centre signed a joint development project with Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited. The project looks to improve welding non-destructive testing efficiency using AI technology to automatically detect and assess radiography testing digital images.
DNV GL has a long history of working closely with CSSC and other Chinese customers to support them in managing the changes brought about through the shifts in markets, environmental regulations and technology. DNV GL has had a presence in China for 131 years with currently more than 350 experts across the region, a specialised approval hub and a new research centre focused on artificial intelligence, based in Shanghai.
This is the second classification society agreement signed by CSSC. Hear and see more about the opportunities presented by maritime environmental regulation at the Maritime Hybrid & Electric (incorporating Hydrogen & Fuel Cells), Asia in Singapore 26-27 February 2020.