Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has signed a joint development project (JDP) agreement with classification society ABS, to explore decarbonisation and digitalisation strategies for Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) and Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS).
The deal follows on from two other recently announced agreements signed by ABS with fellow Korean shipyards Samsung and Hyundai relating to the application of technology in improving vessel design processes.
The JDP with DSME will see the shipyard work on creating new ABS-approved VLCC and ULCS vessel designs specifically focused on meeting IMO 2030 decarbonisation goals, as well as introducing technologies for remote monitoring of vessel systems from shore and further development of autonomous systems.
A renewed focus on the cyber security elements associated with the DSME ‘Smart Ship’ platform is also included in the agreement.
“There is increasing demand in the marine industry for vessels which have a low carbon and greenhouse gas emission footprint. Leveraging digital technologies provides a means to assist in addressing these decarbonisation challenges,” said Odin Kwon, DSME CTO, Engineering & Technology Unit.
“At the same time, the increased connectivity onboard vessels can introduce cyber related threats which need to be appropriately addressed. DSME and ABS will work together to evaluate solutions to address the decarbonisation challenges, including exploring the potential of digital technology.”