Keppel’s digital system garners DNV approval

May 25, 2021
DNV has awarded an approval in principle to Keppel Offshore & Marine for its AssetCare system.

Offshore staff

HØVIK, Norway – DNV has awarded an approval in principle (AiP) to Keppel Offshore & Marine for its AssetCare system, a suite of digital services to support an asset’s lifecycle needs.

DNV assessed the AssetCare system and found it complied with the principles described in its rules for fleet in service as well as for service suppliers engaged in condition monitoring of machinery onboard ships and mobile offshore units.

The AiP verified the solution and validated that the data collection infrastructure complies with the general principles of DNV’s class notation D-INF, qualifying Keppel O&M as a service supplier. The AiP also concluded that the services provided by the AssetCare solution can be used to qualify both in-service and newbuild vessels for the new DNV Smart notation, with the D-INF notation as basis.

The D-INF (Data Collection Infrastructure and Vessel Connectivity) notation sets out the requirements for the complete data collection infrastructure, including an onboard data server, a data relay component and remote data server, as well as the connection to shore. This applies to onboard equipment delivered by both the yard and the owner.

The AiP award follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the companies in April 2020 to further contribute to the marine industry’s ongoing digital transformation.

As part of the MOU, the two companies have been collaborating to develop digital transformation projects. According to DNV, the aim of the collaboration is to improve overall efficiency of the design and construction process, and of the asset lifecycle support services for projects in the offshore and marine industry.

Tan Leong Peng, managing director (New Builds) Keppel O&M, said: “Our AssetCare system will be a key enabler in the digitalization of assets and processes that can improve efficiency and advance the energy transition in support of Keppel’s Vision 2030.”

Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, regional manager for Maritime, South East Asia, Pacific and India at DNV Maritime, said: “As the industry pushes forward with the adoption of new technologies, it is important for cross-sector collaboration to ensure safe and sustainable operations.”

The MOU has led to the establishment of various joint development projects to promote the use of new digital technologies in the next two years. Both companies will also explore:

  • Process digitalization, specifically looking into construction and inspection processes to develop a more efficient and productive yard facility.
  • Digital class for offshore and marine, using DNV’s Open Class 3D Model Exchange, an open industry standard for the exchange of design information between designer/yards and classification societies to explore ways to improve the process for future newbuild projects.