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RINA and LR announce expanded Digital Ship support

Class societies Lloyd’s Register and RINA have announced separate new initiatives to support the certification of technology-enabled vessels at sea, as we move to the era of what RINA describes as the ‘Digital Ship’.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Italian classification society RINA has launched a new Digital Ship class notation for shipowners to demonstrate their effective use of digital technology to monitor and optimise vessel performance.

“Digitalisation is set to change the marine industry, driving new levels of operational understanding while optimising systems,” said Paolo Moretti, EVP marine strategic development at RINA.

“As a class society we recognise that the digital journey has only just begun but it is our firm intention to lead the shipping industry in the development and application of this technology to drive down costs and increase operational efficiency.”

Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), part of MSC Group, is the first company to receive the new RINA notation, certifying 11 ships in its fleet which have been equipped with a data collection system.

The certificate will be assigned to ships fitted with a navigation and machinery data collection system that enables its transmission to shore. That data is then stored in the Cloud-based RINACube platform, launched by the class society in December 2017.

“Also in the marine industry we are witnessing an increasingly accelerated process of digitisation. Through a process of structured performance management and digital solutions of advanced data analytics, GNV constantly monitors ship performances, optimising in real time,” said Mattia Canevari, energy manager at GNV.

“The digital component has seen a rethinking of concepts in a strategic way, as an added value to the company’s core business, and it will assume ever greater importance in our processes. We are proud for the new RINA additional notation that confirms the good work done.”

Lloyd’s Register (LR) meanwhile has also announced that it has developed what it claims is the first ever data-driven compliance framework for the marine and offshore industry, to be named ‘Digital Compliance’.

The ‘Digital Compliance’ framework relates to the use of ‘digital twins’ in the ongoing optimisation of a vessel and its systems, and has been developed in collaboration with a range of industry partners.

The framework is applied through a series of defined levels with a system provider and the vessel operator, to build confidence that the digital twin is being used within an effective digital health management (DHM) system.

LR says it will assess and give recognition to the capabilities of a system provider to create an asset-specific twin under the programme, to build confidence in the DHM system from the commissioning stage.

The ultimate goal is to award the descriptive note ‘Digital Twin LIVE’, which will grant credit for survey activity through demonstrated functioning of the twin over time.

This LIVE note is the fourth and highest level in the programme, which starts with ‘Digital Twin READY’ to signify that the DHM provider and/or service centre is capable of developing, deploying, monitoring and maintaining a reliable digital twin. This is a vendor level approval.

The next ‘Digital Twin APPROVED’ certificate ensures that the digital model type to be used for a twin is capable of representing the specific physical asset with sufficient reliability and accuracy, while the third-level ‘Digital Twin COMMISSIONED’ descriptive note is awarded to the operator of the asset when they begin using the approved digital twin from the provider.

“Digital Compliance is the framework that sets the foundation for what we call ‘Digital Class’. Digital Class is the vision we have, where advanced technology and data-driven techniques will allow our clients to demonstrate compliance with Class requirements in the future, remotely, periodically and/or continuously and we are actively engaging with flags to discuss how we can extend this to statutory aspects,” said LR Marine and Offshore director, Nick Brown.

“Demonstrating that class requirements are met through data-driven techniques will allow us to better target class services where they are needed most, by having a better understanding of an asset’s health over its lifetime.”

“Digital Class will also allow clients to submit class relevant data either continuously or periodically to demonstrate compliance, leading to a more targeted and focussed approach to physical survey.”{/mprestriction}

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    As part of the framework agreement, the two organisations will collectively establish and enhance the current body of knowledge for marine autonomy. This combination of skills, expertise and experience will be built on to bring clarity to the requirements for the assurance of autonomy and assist stakeholders in realising the potential of these systems in the market.

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    Tim Kent, LR technical director for Marine and Offshore said: “This collaboration with the NPL will allow LR to improve our own processes, knowledge and competency to better support our clients with marine autonomy projects. We are delighted to be partnering with NPL given its domain knowledge on autonomy from the connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) domains.”

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