US classification society ABS has launched the first Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units (Smart Guide).
The Smart Guide introduces a unique class approach leading to the marine and offshore industries' first set of notations to help owners and operators qualify and utilize smart functions. Through the analytics that they provide, smart functions can proactively manage asset health and performance, providing a mechanism for sustainability and improved uptime. Smart functions can also lead to increasingly condition-based approaches to maintenance strategies and class surveys.
The approach laid out in the Guide applies a risk-informed set of easy-to-apply prescriptive requirements for engineering review and survey of the smart technology applications.
“Smart technology will be a key factor for industry sustainability in the coming years. Future adoption of smart technology and its ability to enable better decision making and continuous improvement will coincide with quickly changing environmental requirements,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.
The use of operational data and analytics, such as machine learning, enable better decisions related to vessel performance and can also provide early indicators that help avoid failures and downtime. The implementation of smart functions helps crew and shore-based personnel make decisions to speed corrective actions.
The Smart Guide covers functions related to performance, health, and crew support. It also introduces three new notations that support the recognition of a vessel’s data infrastructure as well as health monitoring functions, which can be utilized to directly support survey activity.
* Smart INF: Data Infrastructure for Smart Function Implementation;
* Smart MHM: Machinery Health Monitoring;
* Smart SHM: Structural Health Monitoring.
To support a streamlined integration of vendor products and services related to smart functionality, the Smart Guide also lays out a Product Design Assessment scheme coupled with a Service Provider approval process to support equipment manufacturers, shipyards, owners as well as third party software providers, as they develop products and services for smart functionality for use onboard ABS-classed vessels.
The Smart Guide follows the release of Guidance Notes published in 2018, which laid out a goal-based approach to supporting vessel operators apply smart functionality on marine and offshore assets.