RINA hails new digital ship notation

Italian class society RINA has launched a Digital Ship Notation, the first additional class notation available for shipowners willing to demonstrate the added value of their ship or fleet through the efficient use of digital technology.

Grandi Navi Veloci, part of the MSC Group, has become the first company to make use of this new notation, certifying 11 ships, all equipped with a data collection system.

The certificate will be assigned to ships fitted with a navigation and machinery data collection system that enables its transmission on shore. The information will be, then, stored in the RINACube platform, a cloud-based platform launched last December.

On the new notation, RINA said owners will be able to have objective evidence of their effort to continuously monitor their ships and will have access to cost saving opportunities given by the optimisation of processes allowed by data analysis.

Paolo Moretti, an EVP at RINA, commented: “Digitalisation is set to change the marine industry driving new levels of operational understanding while optimising systems. As a class society we recognize that the digital journey has only just begun but it is our firm intention to lead the shipping industry in the development and application of this technology to drive down costs and increase operational efficiency.”

RINA reckons that this type of notation could be included in the future, as a requirement for the classification of newbuilds.

“This class notation marks the first step towards a new type of relationship between shipowners and class societies, working together towards an efficient, safe and sustainable shipping industry through the best use of data,” the class society concluded in a release.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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