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DNV unveils competency standard for remote vessel operators

Improved ship-to-shore connectivity and software systems are driving the growth of remote solutions and autonomy in the shipping industry. Credit: DNV.

The Norwegian classification society DNV has launched a competency standard for operators of remote vessel control centers (RCCOs).

This would be the first such standard in the shipping industry and will be supported by a new Recommended Practice providing a certification system for RCCOs.

The new competency standard and Recommended Practice will establish a framework for the training, assessment and certification of employees working at remote control facilities that support or execute operations at sea.

Improved ship-to-shore connectivity and software systems are driving the growth of remote solutions and autonomy in the shipping industry.

Unmanned ships are expected to enter service in the coming years.

Accordingly, proficiency requirements must be specified for the surveillance, support and / or control of these vessels.

The new standards were drafted in partnership with Kongsberg Maritime, Wilhelmsen, the University of Southeast Norway and the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

DNV-RP-0323, Recommended Practice, will provide guidance for performing RCCO exams as well as as a certification body to issue personnel certificates.

It will also include a process of building the skills of candidates before they take an RCCO exam.

The DNV SeaSkill ST-0324 standard will create a basis for the entire procedure and reveal the skills needed to manage autonomous vessels.

Some of these skills include emergency management and resource management within a remote control center (RCC), human-machine interaction and communication with third parties on behalf of the vessel under remote control.

In addition, RCCO certificates can be registered in DNV’s current online database.

In August, DNV granted South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries approval in principle for its basic ammonia-powered vessel design.