World’s 1st Digital Survey Performed on a Container Vessel: Ship Owners Reap the Benefits but staff in Class to be Reduced

Recently, classification society DNV GL has performed the world’s first digital survey on board container vessel MV Bardu built in 2014. The surveyor and principal engineer for DNV GL, Rolf Petter Hancke visited the vessel, and gave full insights into the maintenance data from the vessel through live dashboards from Klaveness Ship Management’s (KSM) headquarter in Olso, Norway.

Visiting Klaveness offices in Oslo, Hancke was excited to share why he’s here. Together with Klaveness Ship Management, he has put up dashboards that give full insight to maintenance data on Klaveness container ships allowing him to survey the vessel without ever stepping foot on board.

Rolf Petter Hancke, Principal Engineer from DNV GL

“The dashboard we have put up does not only make my job easier in terms of time saved, but it enables me to filter to the most relevant components that I discuss with the shipowner. It tells me how many maintenance jobs MV Bardu has had in the last year and how many jobs were done before and after on due date,” explained Hancke.

Karl-Uno Holm, Ship Manager in Klaveness

Karl-Uno Holm, ship manager of Klaveness Ship Management, added: “This form of transparency of sharing of data makes it possible for DNV GL to also perform analysis of the data we have, which lets us further improve our processes around vessel maintenance. Ultimately a win-win situation for both us and Class.”

As we informed, vessel MV Baudu is a 2,546 TEU container ship, designed by Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC) and built by Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Group Limited. It was delivered to Norway’s company Torvald Klaveness in March 2014, currently sailing under the flag of Marshall Islands.

Back in April 2017, KSM started exploring the road towards condition based maintenance with a working theory that ship owners could save substantial amounts

by addressing maintenance tasks on vessels when needed instead of makers’ recommendation, which normally is maintenance at a set number of hours.

Meanwhile, KSM also promoted the work of remote surveys. In June 2018, KSM completed the first ever approved remote initial MPMS survey on the caustic bulk (CABU) vessel MV Ballard built in 2017. Remote surveys can reduce cost for the shipowner by eliminating travel expenses for surveyors, but most importantly it can enable parts of, or entire, surveys to be completed while the vessel is at sea.

Last year, KSM was awarded the MPMS Certificate, and last week’s digital audit was the first time this has been managed digitally and remotely.

Klaveness Ship Management, belonging to a Norwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness, is a leading digital solution provider in the shipping industry, providing solutions based on cloud technology for ocean logistics management and ship performance management.

In addition to Klaveness Ship Management, KlavenessDigital, another shipping technology company owned by Torvald Klaveness, also embarks on bringing logistics and shipping industry into a digital age. It is understood that KlavenessDigital have developed a digital platform based on cloud technology, which is designated to store and process the transport data of business and operation as well as bring the data to customized applications and users.

In 2018, Klaveness reached great achievements in the digital domain. For instance, KlavenessDigital became a strategic partner with Maersk Tankers and the two will jointly promote  the development of intelligent digital solutions for the shipping industry. Besides, Klaveness kept on optimizing the highly appraised intelligent platforms, such as CARGO and PERFORM. Klaveness strongly called for digital solutions based on data refinement in fleet management and operation.