Marlink and BV to link class and comms

Marlink and classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) have signed a deal to link their respective connectivity and remote survey capabilities to allow common customers to more easily collect and transfer the data required for class compliance processes.

The new partners have created a working group to support shipowners in this regard to improve co-operation in digital integration, with the aim of reducing the restrictions created by siloed data in vessel operations.

As well as simplifying implementation of cyber security standards for shipyards, Marlink says that the agreement will be based on ‘open source’ principles to enable third party application providers, start-ups and software developers to participate where appropriate.

“Shipowners face huge efficiency and compliance challenges over the next decade and these need to be considered now to create a future-proof path that can integrate core operational components onboard and ashore,” said Tore Morten Olsen, President, Maritime, Marlink.

“Digitalisation is critical to improving voyage optimisation and vessel performance, achieving regulatory compliance and meeting ESG goals, but shipowners shouldn’t have to act as project managers – this partnership means they can streamline and simplify their digital journey based on Class guidelines and recommendations.”

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