ClassNK Certification for SMARTShip


  • ClassNK’s certification covers approval of the solution as a ‘computer-based system’ which conforms to the Class Society’s rules.
  • Leading ship classification society, ClassNK has confirmed the type approval certification for SMARTShip, the patented digital shipping solution developed by Singapore-based Alpha Ori Technologies.

Alpha Ori SMARTShip™ received Type Approval from Class NK, says a press release published on their website.

Hourai Maru

A mid size gas carrier “Hourai Maru”, delivered on 11th March, 2019 was the first ship certified with a ClassNK approved SMARTShip™.

This approval is provided for a Computer Based System confirming to requirements as specified in relevant Class Society’s rules for a product performing ‘Remote Monitoring and Diagnostic’ , ‘Situational Awareness’ and ‘Decision Support Systems’ for onboard and onshore usage.

Onboard operation

The company uses cutting edge technologies to solve real-world issues for ship owners, managers, operators, builders, registries, port management, surveyors, P&I (protection and indemnity) clubs, and others.

SMARTShip is an IoT platform that enables the onboard operation of multiple systems with varying degrees of autonomy and has been installed on more than 30 vessels. Another 60 are at various stages of doing it.

ClassNK’s certification covers approval of the solution as a ‘computer-based system’ which conforms to the Class Society’s rules governing a product performing remote monitoring and diagnostics, situational awareness and decision support systems, both onboard and ashore.

ClassNK’s approval provides quality and reliability assurance for SMARTShip solutions, especially to Japanese clients and many of Alpha Ori’s maritime customers located around the world.

Visualisation dashboard

Features such as the optimisation of total fuel consumption and the creation of intelligent alerts and leading indicators are an integral part of SMARTShip.

For example, a quick visualisation dashboard for critical assets and their parameters is available with drill-down options showing all related information in list and graph views.

SMARTShip’s remote monitoring and diagnostics provides clients with the capability to troubleshoot remotely. This generates huge savings on the usual cost required to send a service engineer to the actual location of the ship for troubleshooting,” said Capt Unni.

Alpha Ori’s approach to tackling pain points and enabling rules-based decision-making gives clients added transparency and delivers multiple operational, financial and environmental benefits.

Data is collected from all parts of the ship to create a platform which connects disparate systems. Continual data monitoring and collection of data helps crew and managers make rules-based decisions.

Competitive advantage

The solution utilises the data to create value for stakeholders, often including additional information such as weather overlay, statutory and regulatory information.

Martin Ackermann, CEO of BW LPG, a leading client, said that with digitalisation disrupting entire industries, they seek to realise the competitive advantage it can bring to them, and, in turn, their customers.

The SMARTShip solution enables BW LPG to combine vessel operational data with a range of external data so that in real-time performance on single vessels and across its entire fleet can be optimised.

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Source: Alpha Ori Technologies


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