Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the agreement was remotely signed by DNV GL – Maritime CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen and ABB Marine & Ports Managing Director Juha Koskela in an online ceremony.

The MoU will enabe the two partners collaborate on a “Digitalization Roadmap”, to examine how the maritime industry can benefit from the greater availability of data, interconnectivity of systems, data analysis, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

They are both looking to bring new technologies to help shipowners and operators globally optimize vessel performance, enhance quality, and deliver more secure and sustainable operations.

Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime commented that

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.

A scheduled series of workshops will launch the development of the Roadmap and see ABB and DNV GL cooperate to unlock the benefits of new digital technologies and data analytics, as well as goals and standards, that can help to develop and enhance new and existing products and services.