Digital Features added to ship classification rules

DNV GL is launching a new Digital Features chapter within its ship classification rules, adding three new notations that will enter into force on January 1st, 2021, alongside a ‘Smart’ vessel notation for assessing and visualising digital vessel features. 

“The pandemic has triggered a renaissance in the maritime industry, as we see greater and deeper adoption of digital solutions to enhance safety, sustainability and efficiency,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.

“The key to maximising the potential of these digital technologies and strategies is to enable companies to more easily build trust in them. With the new Digital Features chapter, we have laid a clear class foundation for three of the most essential building blocks of maritime digitalisation.”

The Digital Features chapter (Pt.6 Ch.11) is supported by two new DNV GL class guidelines and sets out the basic features of a smart vessel and how new digital systems can be implemented. The three initial notations to be offered are: Data collection infrastructure – ‘D-INF’; Data-driven verification – ‘DDV’; and Remote witnessing preparedness /network and connectivity – ‘REW’.

The D-INF notation sets out the requirements for a complete data collection infrastructure, including an onboard data server, a data relay component and remote data server, as well as the connection to shore. This applies to onboard equipment delivered by both the yard and the owner when applied for class purposes.

DDV includes requirements for the gathering, treatment and delivery of collected data to ensure its quality for use in a class assessment. This means that for the specified systems the verified data can be used in the certification and classification of those systems in maritime and offshore vessels. The notation covers different verification methods, including self-verifying systems and digital twins.

REW provides the requirements for systems used in remote witnessing. To enable remote interaction with technical experts the notation outlines the onboard arrangements for live streaming throughout the vessel. Two qualifiers indicate functionality for real time witnessing, remote test functions and sharing of system display information (HMI), with or without remote control of the system enabled.

The additional Smart vessel voluntary notation provides a framework for assessing and visualising digital vessel features, with three qualifiers to demonstrate how a vessel is utilising enhancements that improve operations, efficiency, and reduce environmental impacts.

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