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Autonomous vessel class guidelines from DNV GL

DNV GL reports that it has released a new class guideline covering autonomous and remotely operated ships, aiming to cover new operational concepts that do not fit within existing regulations and technologies that control functions that would normally be performed by humans.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“A new set of sensor, connectivity, analysis, and control functions in maritime technologies is laying the foundation for remote and autonomous operations in shipping,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime.

“Increased automation, whether in the form of decision support, remote operation, or autonomy, has the potential to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of shipping. To reach this potential, the industry needs a robust set of standards that enables new systems to reach the market and ensure that these technologies are safely implemented.”

The guideline has been introduced to assist those who wish to implement these new concepts by providing a process towards obtaining approval, while suppliers can also use the guideline to obtain approval for newly developed technologies.

The guideline covers navigation, vessel engineering, remote control centres and communications, and maintains a particular emphasis on cyber-security and software testing.

Both the concept qualification process and the technology qualification process include cyber security aspects in the risk analysis, covering the systems themselves and associated infrastructure and network components.

“This is a first step in the process to fully realise these technologies,” said Mr Ørbeck-Nilssen.

“But we continue to develop experience from several projects currently underway. In some areas, such as navigation systems and engineering functions we can already offer technical guidance based on our current class rules and as we progress new guides and rules will follow.”{/mprestriction}

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