Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd and its car carrier Orca Ace, recently gained ClassNK’s Remote Survey (RMSV) notation, which recognizes the vessel’s preparedness for implementing remote surveys.
Namely, the Orca Ace is the first vessel to earn ClassNK’s RMSV notation.
It is known that in conventional in-person surveys, which ClassNK carries out to ensure vessel safety and protect the marine environment, surveyors are required to visit vessels and inspect various onboard items along with crewmembers.
In this case, a system established onboard the Orca Ace leveraged ICT technology and, without requiring visits by surveyors, allowed surveys using onboard broadcasts filmed by crewmembers.
As explained, MOL’s “Project for Establishing a System to Visualize onboard environments utilizing ICT” was selected by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as part of the ministry’s projects for “MLIT R&D Support Projects for Advanced Safety Technology of Vessels,” and MOL has undertaken joint research studies with ClassNK (Note 2). As a result, this research led to the acquisition of the RMSV notation.
“By using ICT such as the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, the MOL Group strives to further improve vessel safety and efficiency, and to be customers’ company of choice in the logistics business”.
Overall, speaking of remote surveys, ClassNK released “Guidelines for Remote Surveys Ver. 2.0”, including a class notation requirement for the ship with advance preparation for remote surveys.