DNV GL introduced a new chapter to its world leading rules for ship classification: Digital Features. Specifically, the chapter was launched with three new notations (D-INF, DDV, REW), as will enter into force on January 1st 2021.
Following the launch of the chapter, a new Smart vessel notation- a framework for assessing and visualising digital vessel features – was also introduced.
The pandemic has triggered a renaissance in the maritime industry, as we see greater and deeper adoption of digital solutions to enhance safety, sustainability and efficiency. With the new Digital Features chapter, we have laid a clear class foundation for three of the most essential building blocks of maritime digitalization.
…said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.
According to DNV GL, the Digital Features chapter (Pt.6 Ch.11) sets out the basic features of a smart vessel and how new digital solutions can be implemented to unlock new efficiencies and opportunities.
The three initial notations to be offered are: Data collection infrastructure – “D-INF”; Data-driven verification – “DDV”; and Remote witnessing preparedness /network and connectivity – “REW”.
The class notation “D-INF” – Data collection infrastructure and vessel connectivity sets out the requirements for the complete data collection infrastructure, including an onboard data server, a data relay component and remote data server, as well as the connection to shore. This applies to onboard equipment delivered by both the yard and the owner when applied for class purposes.
Data-driven verification principles for remote surveys – “DDV”, sets the requirements for the gathering, treatment and delivery of collected data to ensure the quality of this data for use in a class assessment. This means that for the specified systems, the verified data can be used in the certification and classification of those systems in maritime and offshore vessels. The notation covers several different verification methods, including self-verifying systems and digital twins.
Remote witnessing preparedness on network and connectivity – “REW”, provides the requirements for systems and solutions used in remote witnessing. To enable remote interaction with technical experts the notation outlines the onboard arrangements for live streaming throughout the vessel. Two qualifiers indicate functionality for real time witnessing, remote test functions and sharing of system display information (HMI), with or without remote control of the system enabled.
Digital Features and Smart are exciting next steps in our classification journey because they enable owners, operators and yards to qualify and demonstrate their latest technologies.These new rules and notations give our customers the perfect platform for demonstrating cutting edge technologies and unlocking the value they bring to the market.