World’s First VLOC with DNV GL’s SmartShip Descriptive Notation


  • World’s first intelligent very large ore carrier delivered to a Chinese Shipping Company.
  • DNV GL-classed Pacific Vision VLOC implemented DNV GL’s SmartShip descriptive notation.
  • The vessel will operate between Brazil and parts of Asia and, the Brazil and Europe trade.
  • Notation expected to support DNV GL’s customers and set standards for developing smart ships.

The DNV GL-classed Pacific Vision, the world’s first intelligent very large ore carrier (iVLOC),was delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company reports DNV GL Maritime.

The vessel is the world’s first VLOC to implement DNV GL’s SmartShip descriptive notation. To qualify for the notation, Pacific Vision has been outfitted with various equipment. These include the following –

  1. An integration platform.
  2. A smart navigation decision support system.
  3. A ship energy efficiency management and optimization system.
  4. A smart-vessel operation and maintenance system.

How will the notation help?

“It’s a great honor to have worked with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard, China Merchant Energy Shipping Company, and SDARI to develop the world’s first iVLOC”, says Norbert Kray, DNV GL’s Regional Manager Greater China. “With the SmartShip notation, we wanted to give customers a platform to clearly present the new technologies they were utilizing to optimize performance, enhance safety, and minimize their environmental impact. This notation supports our customers who are developing smart ships that are setting the standards for the future of shipping”, Kray adds.

What are the features?

As part of the SmartShip notation, the ship has features include operational enhancement (OE), performance enhancement (PE), and condition monitoring enhancement (CME). From keel laying on 24 Dec 2015 to the final delivery, DNV GL cooperated very closely with SDARI, Shanghai Waigaoqiao and the associated manufacturers for the design implementation, site survey/verification and component/system certification.

Locations of Operation

The vessel will operate between Brazil and Asia (China, Japan, Malaysia, and Oman), and will very likely also been deployed for the Brazil and Europe trade (Rotterdam, Italy).

Dimensions of the VLOC

The main particulars of the 400K VLOC are:

  1. Overall length: 362 m
  2. Breadth: 65 m
  3. Depth: 30.4 m
  4. Draught: 23 m
  5. Deadweight: 399,999 DWT

A SmartShip descriptive notation may be applied to ships provided with class products covering technological features considered as smart technologies in marine applications in accordance with the DNV GL Class Guidelines for SmartShips CG-0508.

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Source: DNV GL



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