Classification society DNV GL and technology company Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on creating products using new digital technologies for collaborative data sharing and the creation of frameworks and standards.
The MOU is based around the installation of Alpha Ori’s SMARTShip systems on BW LPG vessels, and will involve piloting of digital applications to improve the relationship between ship operator and class, in areas like data exchange and remote monitoring.
“There is a tremendous opportunity for the shipping industry to improve the way it works,” said Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW Group and BW LPG.
“For those who are interested in cost savings on fuel and maintenance, good technology is critical: even the most brilliant captain cannot see every change in the weather; even the most brilliant chief engineer cannot hear every problem in the machinery.”
“For those who are interested in staying ahead of changing environmental legislation and the related cost of financing, automated measurements will provide an indispensable edge. And for those looking to reduce the cost and challenge of physical inspections and service – even in calmer times where there are no restrictions on mobility – digital solutions provide an answer.”