by Effat Mostafa
DNV GL recently organized its 4th DNV GL recently organized its 4th Middle East Committee and Technical Meetings in Dubai, to share knowledge and exchange best practices among industry experts, as well as to discuss the DNV GL’s innovations and landmark achievements in the region. Both committees represent top decision makers from ship owners and shipyards as well as senior executives from other maritime related companies and legal consultants.
During his opening speech at the ME Technical Committee Meeting, Ali Shehab, Deputy CEO of KOTC and Chairman of the Technical Committee explained that KOTC takes different approach to classification societies. Shehab clarified, “Different classification societies have different strengths and we have worked with many of the leading classes across our fleet. However, we have enjoyed a strong, long-term relationship with DNV GL for many years. Their unrivalled technical expertise, especially in fuel efficiency, noise and vibration, crew comfort and ship safety has been very useful. Their quick response to our requests is also unique.”
Enhancing the standards for better maritime environment
Speaking about DNV GL new class notations, Geir Dugstand, Director of Ship Classification at DNV GL explained, “We have recently unveiled two new class notations; the CMON (Construction Monitoring) that gives procedures and requirements to ensure that special attention is given to highly loaded structural elements during construction and operation. In addition to Walk2Work setting requirements to offshore gangway installations including the certification of the gangway (DNVGL-ST-0358), vessel station keeping capabilities, vessel stability and strength.”
With regards to the Ballast Water Management, Dugstad highlighted, “DNV GL classification works to ensure the safe implementation of Ballast Water Treatment requirements on board vessels. Treatment systems are complex which can affect many aspects of the ships so the installation of a type-approved BWMS must be reviewed by class to ensure that the BWMS does not have an adverse effect on ship safety and to ensure compliance with the BWM Convention.”
He added, “We have developed a decision-making tool that helps ship owners choose the system most suitable for their ship and, most importantly, supports them in avoiding costly systems which are not compliant. We use the tool to perform quick assessments of treatment technologies for specific vessels on behalf of our customers.”
Digitalization to increase efficiency and safety
During the 4th Middle East Committee Meeting, Remi Eriksen, President and Group CEO of DNV GL emphasized their recent developments and market updates, “ DNV GL class has reached 12,300 ships & mobile offshore units. This was possible due to the hard work of our dedicated employees that support our clients worldwide. We are now among the top performing class societies in Port State Control statistics. On the Software and Digitalisation side, we have abt. 1000 experts working together to optimize the development and deliver pure smart data and digital solutions, supporting the operations of our clients around the world.”
Eriksen also revealed DNV GL’s latest solution, which is called “VERACITY ”, which is a data platform facilitating data quality management as well as secure data sharing between different industry players for big data analytics. “VERACITY” is an open platform, where other qualified developers and suppliers of digital services and analytics can develop and market their services, applications and insights. It will be also the data platform for DNV GL to deliver its digital services, tools and apps; Part of it will be the well known customer portal called My DNV GL with more than 100,000 registered users.
Eriksen explained, “What we have learned from running dozens of big data projects with customers over the last year is that it is not a quick fix to address these challenges. That’s why we have developed VERACITY together with selected leading industry partners and learning from this “private preview” phase to develop a robust data platform for general availability for the entire industry. We are proud that one of our first partners from the industry for Veracity will be Bahri Data”
Both committee members also shared market developments and potential opportunities within the industry. Speaking about the best practices for sea staff development and annual trainings, Capt.Anwar Buftain, Team Leader of Fleet Personnel Group at KOTC pointed out, “High quality maritime education and training are the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry. That’s why, KOTC has implemented the Competency Management System (CMS) certified by DNV GL and meets the requirements of Intertanko and SIGGTO. The CMS is typically a web-based tool that allows access to learning resources and it include tools such as competency management, skills-gap analysis, succession planning, as well as competency analysis and profiling. It tends to focus more on creating an environment of sustainable competency in addition to entering and tracking learning resources in software.”
Tackling the smart shipping industry and the impact of the new generation of autonomous vessels, numerous benefits of autonomous ships have been identified including lower costs, more efficient use of space in ship design, more efficient use of fuel and lower risk of human error on board, which has been the main cause of accidents at sea. However, Capt.Gamal Fekry, CEO of RSMM stated, “Regardless of what is possible technically, there will be no widespread adoption of autonomous ships until the concept makes financial sense for shipowners. For those owners operating at the very bottom of the industry, there will be little incentive to invest in new technology when they can continue to exploit seafarers with impunity as they have done historically.”