Wilhelmsen Ship Management enters into strategic partnerships with DNV GL, NMA and USN for the development of autonomous shipping operation
Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has entered into two agreements that will set the tone for operational and regulatory framework in autonomous shipping, the company said in its press release. The first agreement focuses on the development of a safety management system (“safety management system agreement”) while the second agreement is for the development of future competence (“competence agreement”).
The safety management system agreement was entered into with DNV GL and NMA whereby the parties will collaborate to support WSM’s ambition to develop an efficient safety management system (SMS) for operating autonomous, remotely controlled and remotely supported vessels.
The competence agreement with DNV GL and USN was entered to develop competence solutions required in a shore control center to manage and operate autonomous, remotely controlled and remotely supported vessels.
The development will be spearheaded from the management center based in Lysaker, Norway. “There will be an unprecedented reliance on machineries and systems working seamlessly together with utmost reliability. Decision making will be data driven and calculated with upmost precision. Having the right competencies skill sets, operational processes, vessel maintenance philosophy and culture in place will be critical to embracing this shift.” says Haakon Lenz, Vice President for WSM Region Europe & Americas.
“Efficiency in management and operation of shipping companies and vessels is high on the agenda in the industry and we in DNV GL will support our customers in making use of opportunities. Digital solutions and developments on autonomy will enable the maritime industry to develop and implement measures for improved efficiency ashore and on board. The ability to utilize these opportunities with an effective management system, ensuring safety at the same or a higher level will be a game changer and we in DNV GL are aiming to be at the forefront of this work. The partnerships with important companies such as WSM, government agencies and universities as we have in this work, will enable us to further develop standards, services, solutions and relations which are important for us and our customers”, says Marianne Valderhaug, Director of Operations in DNV GL.
WSM expects to implement the SMS and obtain a certified document of compliance by the end of 2019.
About Wilhelmsen Ship Management
Wilhelmsen Ship Management, a Wilhelmsen group company, is one of the world’s largest third-party ship manager with a portfolio of more than 450 vessels and 9 200 active seafarers. Wilhelmsen Ship Management provides technical and crew management services for various vessel segments; LNG, LPG, Ro-Ro and PCC/PCTC, Container, Cruise, Bulk, and Offshore. Wilhelmsen Ship Management manages from six offices worldwide and has a crewing network of 16 manning offices in 12 countries. Other key services include dry docking services, lay-up services, new building supervision, and Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM).
About DNV GL
DNV GL is the world’s leading classification society and a recognized advisor for the maritime industry.
About Norwegian Maritime Authority
The Maritime administrations are important and central actors for maintaining and facilitating the development of the maritime industry.
About University of South-Eastern Norway
The University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is the newest university in Norway, and with 18.000 students, USN has become the fourth largest university in Norway. It is a central research institution in the field of autonomous systems and cooperate closely with regional industry in the development of autonomous solutions for usage in the maritime, land and air transportation sectors as well as for the process industry.