For the shipping industry, 2017 began with little promise, with most people expecting another year of weak growth and tight markets. As the year progressed, however, both the world economy and shipping demand picked up. Since customers were looking for new opportunities, DNV GL offered them a raft of new options and services designed to maximize their business.
In 2017, we implemented many modern classification solutions that will enhance our class services and improve communication with customers. From electronic certificates, machine learning tools and drone surveys to the launch of the Veracity open platform, we presented a range of innovative services and products that can help customers to improve their operations and performance, reduce maintenance and operational costs and enhance safety. However, digitalization is not an end in itself, but another means to fulfil our main purpose of ensuring safe operations at sea and protecting life, property and the environment.
In 2017, we were the first classification society to roll out IMO-compliant electronic class and statutory certificates across the entire DNV GL-classed fleet. Certificates are published on our customer portal as soon as an onboard survey is completed, so that all relevant parties can access the latest certificates from anywhere in the world.
The electronic certificates are secured with a digital signature and unique tracking number, which can be checked online, assuring their validity and authenticity. Customers can choose to share access to their certificates with stakeholders (charterers, ports, flag administrations, insurers) by providing temporary access codes. With the temporary code, the stakeholder can directly access the customer’s secure certificate folder, reducing the ship owner’s administrative burden to the absolute minimum.
By the end of 2017, more than 52 flag state administrations had authorized DNV GL to issue electronic statutory certificates on their behalf and over 40,000 certificates for more than 2,000 vessels had been issued — and these numbers are continuing to grow fast.
We also introduced the new Smart Survey Booking tool. This uses smart algorithms and machine learning to help customers find the best time and place to book a survey. The algorithms identify when the maximum number of survey items can be combined by assessing the initiation and expiration dates for class surveys, audits and conditions. An estimate of the required time that the ship needs to be available for the survey/audit, along with the associated travel and costs, is also generated. The tool will even recommend a port of call based on all these factors. Finally, after a customer makes the booking, the Smart Survey Booking tool provides a set of survey preparation documents for the vessel’s crew, enabling them to prepare more effectively.
DNV GL Maritime’s CEO Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen was appointed chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (AICS) in 2017 and announced an agenda focussed on improving IACS quality systems and the assessment of IACS members against those standards. He also pushed for modernizing class in anticipation of the developments created by digitalization, and for deepening IACS’ ongoing commitment to transparency.
In January 2017, we entered into a joint industry project in Singapore with BHP Billiton, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Rio Tinto, SDARI and Woodside to build and assess the business case for LNG as fuel for Capesize bulkers trading between Australia and China and develop an efficient LNG-fuelled Capesize concept design. The ‘Green Corridor’ joint industry project resulted in an innovative LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax design. The project showed that bringing together partners from across the industry can result in unique solutions that fulfil owners’ and operators’ requirements, as well as being in full compliance with international rules and regulations.
The ‘Maritime Forecast to 2050’ was launched as a supplement to DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook. It provides a new long-term forecast for the shipping industry through to 2050, including factors such as population and GDP growth, energy use, trade forecasts, geographical differences and the impact of policy and technology. The forecast contains several notable projections, including an overall increase in the demand for seaborne traffic of 60% by 2050. And that shifting fuel use, as well as incremental gains in efficiency, mean that despite the growth of the global fleet and trade, the shipping industry will reduce its overall carbon emissions by 20%.
DNV GL’s new open data platform Veracity was launched in 2017 to improve data quality and manage the ownership, security, sharing and use of data. By creating frictionless connections between data owners and users, Veracity will open up new opportunities for improving ship performance and safety, while at the same time reducing operational costs.
In one of the first data-sharing pilot projects on the new open platform, Wilhelmsen is testing a system to share ship compliance and condition data with a port state authority to reduce paperwork and physical inspections when entering ports. Wilhelmsen has created a secure data container on Veracity, where it can collect compliance, condition and other relevant data on its vessels. Through the platform, the company is then able to grant the port state authority access to this data, reducing paperwork and speeding up port entry.
NYK and DNV GL together with engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo presented the first results of an ongoing pilot project. Operational data from NYK vessels is collected on Veracity for use in the evaluation of vessel performance. By dashboards and further drilling down into the data, the users can continuously monitor that all sensors on board the vessel are working properly and can easily identify non-performing sensors which may lead to low data quality or missing data during a voyage.
DNV GL surveyors carried out their first offshore drone survey on the semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia in the North Sea. This 25,383 GT tender support vessel (TSV) is owned and operated by Prosafe, supporting Statoil’s drilling operations off the coast of Norway. We have built a network of trained drone pilots based in Gdynia, Piraeus, Singapore, Houston and Shanghai. At the same time, we are developing guidelines and updates to our rule set to reflect the use of remote inspection techniques.
The cyber security of maritime assets is a topic that is growing in importance as digitalization spreads through the industry. Alongside our recommended practice on cyber security, we worked with customers on several projects to enhance security and awareness. In a pilot project with Greek owner Consolidated Marine Management, we undertook a series of tests on a vessel’s communication and control systems in order to strengthen the systems’ overall robustness and resilience. And, working with Kongsberg, we developed a new type approval programme and issued the first cyber security assessment certificates for control system components, verifying both the technical reliability and cyber security of control systems.
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Offshore vessel - onshore power
KL Sandefjord, owned by K Line Offshore AS, is the first offshore vessel with the DNV GL class notation Shore Power. The Shore Power notation verifies the design and installation of a vessel’s on-board electrical shore connection. When in port, the vessel can shut down its engines and rely on a shore-based electrical supply for its needs at berth – so called “cold ironing”.
Designed to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and improve our customers’ vessels and operational competitiveness.
Environmental and climate services
Ensures safe implementation and compliance with regulations like the Ballast Water Management Convention and EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation.