DNV GL, Alpha Ori Sign MoU

(Global) Shipping Poised For Digital Transformation

Standards agency DNV GL and technology group Alpha Ori have signed a collaboration agreement to develop solutions designed to accelerate digital transformation in the shipping sector.

The memorandum of understanding will foster the development of new frameworks and standards as well as formalizing data-sharing and exchange standards for digital class services.

“By working together with leading technology solution providers, alongside owners and operators we can unlock broader maritime digitalization and build on the value these new technologies generate … with every step towards greater digitalization we must make sure that we are continuing to ensure safe operations at sea, while protecting life, property and the environment,” said Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, regional manager for Southeast Asia, Pacific and India at DNV GL Maritime.


A key element of the agreement will be the installation of Alpha Ori’s SMARTShip systems on BW LPG vessels, piloting the use of digital technologies.

“There is a tremendous opportunity for the shipping industry to improve the way it works. For those who are interested in cost savings on fuel and maintenance, good technology is critical: even the most brilliant captain cannot see every change in the weather; even the most brilliant chief engineer cannot hear every problem in the machinery,” said Andreas Sohmen-Pao, chairman of BW Group and BW LPG.

It allows onboard operation of multiple systems and provide varying degrees of autonomy and machine intelligence.

Inspection and Service

The SMARTShip system is an Internet of Things platform which has been installed on more than 30 vessels to date. While initially employed on LPG vessels the system is expected to bring benefits for breakbulk operators and general cargo vessels as its development expands.

“For those looking to reduce the cost and challenge of physical inspections and service – even in calmer times where there are no restrictions on mobility – digital solutions provide an answer. Smart use of these systems will gradually separate the winners from the losers, and it is encouraging to see leading players like DNV GL and AOT collaborate to accelerate this development,” Sohmen-Pao said.

DNV GL is the world's largest classification society responsible for more than 13,000 vessels and mobile offshore units. Headquartered in Bærum in Norway the organization also provides technical consultancy to the energy and transport sectors.
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