DNV starts certification for remote control vessel operators

Classification society DNV has introduced its first competence standard for vessel remote control centre operators (RCCO), supported by a new recommended practice that offers a certification scheme for RCCOs.

The standards provide a framework for training, assessing, and certifying personnel working in remote-control centres that support or manage operations at sea.

The new DNV competence standard for remote control centre operators (DNV-ST-0324) and the supporting recommended practice (DNV-RP-0323) were developed in collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime, Wilhelmsen, the University of South-Eastern Norway, and the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

“Making sure that shore-based staff are prepared for autonomous, remote-controlled or remotely supported operations at sea is a big challenge,” said Torsten Schröder, SeaSkill Service Manager, Competence & Learning at DNV Maritime.

“Because when it comes the wider application of these technologies, trust in the systems, and the people managing these operations, is paramount. This is why we are so pleased to have developed the RP (recommended practice) with expert partners from across the industry.”

“Having a wide range of expertise was essential to devising a uniform and controlled approach to the training, assessment and certification of RCCOs.”

The recommended practice, DNV-RP-0323, gives guidance to centres conducting examinations of remote-control centre operators and issuing personnel certificates as a certification body. It also covers the competence building process for candidates before undertaking an RCCO examination, for example learning programmes and practice sessions in the centres themselves.

The DNV SeaSkill standard ST-0324 provides a foundation for the entire process, listing the required competencies for the operation of autonomous or remotely controlled or supported ships. These include emergency handling and resource management within an RCC; communication with third parties on behalf of the ship under remote-control; and managing man-machine interaction.

RCCO certificates can be registered in an existing DNV online database, so interested parties can verify qualifications and the validity of an RCCO certificate.

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