From crisis to renaissance

The story of 2020 cannot be told without recognizing the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on shipping and the world. Solutions were needed to help the industry get moving again, to build confidence and to address the operational, strategic and regulatory challenges of the crisis.

The adoption of new technologies and solutions has advanced the industry’s digital transition by at least half a decade. At DNV, we worked to ensure business continuity and keep delivering for our customers, particularly through our world-leading digital services.

Keeping maritime moving – remote survey milestones

Lockdowns and travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic underlined the value of DNV’s industry-leading remote survey services. Customers benefited from greater flexibility and efficiency and operators used verified electronic certificates to make their dealings with classification societies, authorities and vendors much more efficient.

In 2020, a new state-of-the-art operational centre to support the delivery of remote services to maritime customers was launched in our Hamburg office. The launch also marked the two-year anniversary of DNV’s fleet-wide rollout of remote surveys and the milestone of 20,000 remote surveys delivered.

In addition, DNV successfully carried out its first pilot remote annual survey for Berge Bulk’s large capesize bulker – Berge Zugspitze – in cooperation with the Isle of Man flag. DNV provided procedures and briefed the crew on the particulars of on-board surveying. After the successful remote survey, we were able to present the annual survey report and endorsed e-certificates to Berge Bulk.

In late 2019 and 2020, DNV also performed the first in-water remote ship surveys using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The surveys using ROVs were carried out on three different Wilson ASA-managed vessels.

Recognizing and supporting seafarers as key workers

The seafarer crisis, triggered by the difficulty in executing crew changes, is heavily impacting sailors worldwide, causing fatigue and despair. It is also putting safety at sea at risk. In recognition of the ongoing crisis affecting seafarers stuck at sea during the COVID-19 pandemic, DNV joined the Mission to Seafarers’ Flying Angel Campaign as a Gold sponsor.

The sponsorship is helping to fund the development of the Seafarers’ Happy-at-Sea App, which can be used to track seafarer welfare, book chaplain visits and order medicine. Overall, the campaign has raised GBP 600,000 from 18 maritime organizations for the Mission

Groundbreaking new fire notation

Early in 2020, we awarded a new class notation to MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, which aims to mitigate fire risks on board its container ships. The notation now applies to some of the world’s largest container ships, the 23,000+ TEU MSC Gülsün class.

The new notation exclusively targets container ships. It is designed around a function-based approach and for an enhanced safety level beyond the present SOLAS requirements, an increased hazard awareness, and an enhanced ability to detect and fight container fires.

Applicable to both newbuilds and ships in operation, the notation is set up in a modular way. Owners can decide on the set of qualifiers best suited to their safety objectives and choose the most efficient measures and technologies to reach these objectives.

Floating offshore wind is poised to be one of the key technologies of the decarbonized energy mix. To help expand this segment, DNV has released the first integrated rule set for floating offshore wind structures (DNVGL-RU-OU-0512). The rules provide both new entrants and experienced stakeholders with a set of well-tested rules and standardized processes for these novel structures. They complement DNV’s existing verification and certification services and standards for the floating wind energy market.

The new rules cover all potential hull shapes, including barges, semi-submersible units, vertical floating columns (Spar) and tension-leg platforms. The rules are also designed to scale – considering not just the individual units but also the entire field, including data-based services and conditionbased monitoring, and using links to fatigue methodology sensor data.

Bringing LNG online with FuelBoss

Due to the accelerating use of LNG as a ship fuel, DNV launched a new online bunkering platform to take operators seamlessly from order through to delivery. FuelBoss offers ship owners, operators and suppliers a single common platform for nomination, scheduling, spot inquiries and business intelligence. LNG suppliers Gasum, Cryo Shipping and Nauticor have piloted the solution and supported the development of the platform with their expertise and domain knowledge.

Open to anyone, FuelBoss allows users to order bunker volumes within term contracts in a standardized format, keep track of changes and monitor involved assets, communicate through an integrated messaging service and digitally fill in, sign and archive forms and documentation relating to the bunkering process. The platform will facilitate spot inquiries outside term contracts and users can also keep track of LNG-fuelled ships and LNG bunker vessels through an AIS-positioning feed.

First offshore fish farming class certificate awarded

Developing and expanding sustainable aquaculture are essential as the demand for fish grows around the world. SalMar’s Ocean Farm 1 is the first offshore salmon farm designed and built for exposed weather conditions, with a novel design that combines both aquaculture and offshore industry solutions. DNV provided third-party verification and certification covering the design, construction, transport and installation, enabling Ocean Farm 1 to meet the Norwegian NYTEK regulations and farm salmon safely.

The unit was also awarded the new OI Offshore fish farming installation POSMOOR class notation, which confirms that Ocean Farm 1 was built in accordance with our rules for offshore fish farming units and installations. Ocean Farm 1 is in part a pilot project to test the concept of offshore fish farms in exposed locations.

Surveying a complete fleet in a day

Machinery Maintenance Connect (MMC) is DNV’s new remote approach to the machinery planned maintenance system. Instead of requiring surveyors to inspect individual vessels in port and ships to head to port for individual inspections, machinery data can be processed via algorithms and presented to customers in a digital dashboard – enabling the survey of a complete fleet in one process and unlocking new insights into vessel and fleet performance.

The MMC system provides a complete breakdown of any maintenance already completed or overdue, along with the dates of the work. The dashboard also allows owners and operators to access data in real time and create a maintenance plan that predicts the requirements of individual vessels and to utilize repair yards based on the ship’s route. Currently, more than 300 vessels are using the DNV scheme, with over 100 surveys conducted to date.