ABB and classification society DNV GL have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on a ‘Digitalisation Roadmap’, under which the companies will explore the potential benefits of greater availability of data, interconnectivity of systems, data analysis, and new technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning for the maritime industry.
Due to current travel restrictions the agreement was signed remotely in an online ceremony by Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, DNV GL – Maritime CEO, and ABB Marine & Ports Managing Director Juha Koskela.
“The COVID-19 crisis has made us find a new way to carry out this signing, and even if we couldn’t meet in person, it is nevertheless a great pleasure to be working together with ABB. And the crisis has the potential to trigger a lot of innovation and new ideas throughout the maritime world – leading to a renaissance for the whole industry,” said Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen.
“At DNV GL, digitalisation has driven many of the new services and processes we have been working on to help our customers and improve our service delivery. Working together with ABB on this trend can help us explore its potential across the whole industry.”
A series of workshops has been planned to launch the development of the Roadmap, during which the companies will cooperate on digital technology and data analytics projects, as well as the promotion of relevant goals and standards, to create or improve both new and existing services.
“Today, electric, digital and connected technologies are driving innovation in the marine industry at an unprecedented pace,” said Mr Koskela.
“Collaborating with DNV GL on the next steps in shipping’s digital journey, we look forward to opening up new opportunities for customers and empowering them to achieve increased gains in safety, efficiency and sustainability through digitalisation.”