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Lloyd’s Register designing China's first smart ship

China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has signed a Joint Industry Project with Lloyd’s Register Asia to design a new ‘cyber ship’.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The 38,800 dwt smart ship project will employ new technology and applications as part of what is being called an ‘I-Dolphin’ design, Lloyd’s Register says.

This will include real-time data transmission and collection, large-capacity calculations, digital modelling and remote control, all of which will be designed into the ship to improve navigational safety and the operational efficiency of the vessel.

LR says that its existing Rules already address certain aspects of system engineering, including provisions for embedded software, networks, and integration with other aspects of the ship's hardware where part of the systems or features are essential for safe operation, so relevant sections from the Rules are being drawn together into a Guidance Note that will help clients understand  how existing requirements support the smart ship concept.

By working together with CSSC and other I-Dolphin project partners, LR will look to develop the rule content, to understand what is the most efficient, safe and environmentally friendly route to take in the design, operation, survey and maintenance of smart ships.

The ship will be dual-classed by LR and China Classification Society (CCS), with LR taking the Lead Class for the ship.{/mprestriction}

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