DNV approves chief engineer’s control from a Remote Ops Centre

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Kongsberg Maritime has achieved Approval in Principle from DNV for a significant advancement in maritime operations: transferring the role of Chief Engineer from onboard vessels to a shore-based Remote Operations Centre (ROC). This approval allows the Chief Engineer to monitor and control critical systems like the Power Management System, ballast water system, and deck machinery on three pioneering vessels: the fully electric container vessel Yara Birkeland and two electric barges operated by ASKO, Marit and Therese. This ‘Chief-to-Shore’ functionality, once fully approved later this year following testing overseen by DNV and the Norwegian Maritime Authority, represents a crucial step toward autonomous and uncrewed vessel operations. By moving operational oversight ashore, Kongsberg aims to address seafarer shortages and enhance the safety and efficiency of maritime operations.

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