Classification society DNV GL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wärtsilä to work together on deploying digitalisation services in marine industries
They will collaborate on big data processing, promoting internet of things (IoT) technology and collaborative data sharing and standardisation for existing and future digital products and services.
Together they will examine applying these technologies in areas such as cyber security, advanced remote services, new bridge technologies, data sharing and developing enablers for autonomous ships.
DNV GL chief executive for maritime Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen signed the agreement with Wärtsilä Marine president Roger Holm.
Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said this agreement demonstrates DNV GL’s commitment to adopting digitalisation technologies. “Working together with Wärtsilä, we can identify and minimise the barriers to data sharing, provide innovative class and assurance services, and find ways to capitalise on the new possibilities this opens up for shipping,” Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen said.
“We will enable greater sharing, for example with our independent platform Veracity that provides seamless sharing, while ensuring the quality of data and algorithms shipping relies on.”
Mr Holm said this agreement and related technologies is leading a digital transformation in shipping. “The marine industry stands to benefit enormously from rapidly expanding and unprecedented capabilities in collecting, compiling, processing, analysing, and distributing data digitally,” said Mr Holm. “We will work with DNV GL to accelerate this transformation.”
Wärtsilä Marine vice president for strategy and business development Andrea Morgante said digitalisation technologies will improve maritime industries’ environmental footprints.
“Collaboration with class will help to standardise and shape the regulatory environment,” she said. “It will enable the innovations needed for the sector to achieve the decarbonisation goals set out by the IMO.”
IMO’s target is to cut absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% from 2008 levels by 2050.
This agreement comes as offshore support vessel (OSV) owners explained last week how they would welcome standardisation and collaboration on digitalisation and data services.
Chief executives from Tidewater, Maersk Supply Service, Svitzer, Bourbon Offshore, Seacor Holdings and P&O Maritime described how they are investing in digitalisation technology at Riviera Maritime Media’s Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, in London on 5-6 February.
They are looking to class and technology providers, such as Wärtsilä, to provide them with services to optimise operations, reduce operating costs, lower emissions and enhance maintenance strategies.
Digitalisation technologies will be presented and discussed at Riviera Maritime Media’s first Optimised Ship Forum in Singapore on 20 April 2020