MSC to implement Anti-Roll Assist tech to safeguard containers

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has signed a contract to implement the new DNV Anti-Roll Assist system and ARCS (Anti-Roll for Containerships) class notation on some 100 vessels, the first global liner company to install the application.

Anti-Roll Assist helps vessel captains to recognise and avoid the risk of parametric and synchronous resonant rolling, using a ship-specific hydrodynamic database to provide a risk picture based on heading, speed, loading condition, and environmental conditions.

MSC will be the first ship owner to implement the ARCS notation and will integrate the application with its onboard weather routing systems. The contract covers dozens of newbuildings, ships in operation, and vessels to be constructed, in a range of sizes.

“At MSC the safety of our crews, vessels, and cargoes will always be our highest priority,” said Giuseppe Gargiulo, Head of Newbuildings at MSC.

“We are always looking for new solutions to minimise risk and the new Anti-Roll Assist gives MSC a new tool that can empower our people both on board and on shore. By implementing the new application on our vessels captains and crew can both plan ahead and react in the moment when a potentially critical situation is identified – enhancing our safety culture.

“Implementing this into our current newbuildings is a natural first step and we look forward to continuing to work with DNV and build on our longstanding relationship going forward.”

In related news, DNV and Navis are working together to integrate their software systems to minimise the risk of container incidents at sea, combining DNV’s Anti-Roll Assist and the Navis Lashing Monitor.

“Container losses are rare, but the impact of those losses can be very significant – both in financial and reputational terms,” said Arne Schulz-Heimbeck, Senior Principal Engineer and Programme Development Manager for Containerships at DNV Maritime.

“DNV Anti-Roll Assist deployed together with Navis Lashing Monitor gives captains and crews a clear and simple picture of the risk of container loss based on their heading and speed and supports them in assessing if they need to make navigational adjustments. We are very pleased to work with Navis to give ship operators and vessel crews this powerful toolset that helps avoid potentially critical situations.”

By integrating Anti-Roll Assist seakeeping calculations into the Navis Lashing Monitor tool, which monitors real-time vessel motion data and lashing forces, ship operators and vessel crews can view design values alongside actual cargo and cargo securing data.

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