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Monday, April 6, 2020 

Classification society DNV GL has launched Machinery Maintenance Connect (MMC), described as a new remote approach to machinery planned maintenance systems (MPMS).

Instead of requiring surveyors to travel to each individual vessel and go onboard, machinery data can be processed via algorithms and presented to customers in a digital dashboard – enabling the survey of a complete fleet in one process and unlocking additional insights into vessel and fleet performance.

“In another example of the benefits our customers are seeing from increasing digitalization, MMC will bring substantial efficiencies to vessel maintenance and fleet management,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO NV GL Maritime. “By using the data from the vessels, alongside a powerful learning algorithm, we can remotely perform the maintenance survey of a customer’s whole fleet in one process, saving time and reducing the disruption of daily operations.”

Owners who share vessel machinery data with DNV GL can access the MMC app via Veracity, enabling the data for all vessels to be seen immediately. A minimum of one year’s data needs to be provided before fully digital MPMS surveys can be performed.

“Once we have the verified MPMS data, to get going with MMC we sit down with management for an initial company audit that also functions as their annual survey,” said Rolf Petter Hancke, Surveyor and Principal Engineer, DNV GL. “This reduces the time required significantly, in one case we completed surveys on 49 vessels in roughly four hours, something that would normally take 50 separate onboard surveyor visits. And the data is all right there – easily and directly accessible by management in real time.”

The MMC system provides a complete breakdown of any maintenance already completed and overdue, with the dates of the work. By collating and presenting the data owners and operators can access data in real time to create a maintenance plan that can predict the requirements of individual vessels and, by referring to AIS data, book repairs local to the position of the vessel.

“Machinery Maintenance Connect gives us improved transparency from vessel to office in following up on maintenance, said Karl Uno Holm, Ship Manager, Klaveness Ship Management. “I can easily monitor jobs done and see postponements across the fleet. I can also now do an audit on the vessels on a regular basis and the time we need for this is less than an hour.”

Currently, DNV GL has more than 300 vessels using the scheme, with over 100 surveys conducted to date. As the service develops DNV GL is examining the potential use of the MMC approach for other survey types.  MMC is available to all ship owners and operators, whether the vessels are DNV GL classed or not.

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