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ROMAS Project Completes First Phase Of Remote Machinery Operation Testing

Logistic News - Published on Tue, 11 Jun 2019

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Classification society DNV GL, automation systems vendor Høglund, ferry operator Fjord1, and the Norwegian Maritime Authority have completed the first testing phase of the ROMAS project. The results were presented for the first time at the Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo this week. As ship systems become more complex, operators increasingly rely on the suppliers of individual systems to operate and maintain them. At the same time, finding machinery engineers who have the skills to deal with these sophisticated systems and are willing to work on board for weeks or even months is challenging.

One way of dealing with this is through remote operations. The key concept is to move the engine control room from the ship to a shore-based engine control centre, where chief engineers can operate the propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems of a single ship, or a fleet of vessels. The ROMAS research project, established by DNV GL, together with Høglund, Fjord1, and the NMA, is working to develop technical solutions and establish a framework of regulations, rules and verification methods to enable the remote, shore-based operation of ship machinery and systems.

Steinar Låg, principal researcher on autonomous ships in DNV GL and ROMAS project manager, said that “The overall goal of ROMAS is to provide improved operations and cost-efficiency while ensuring a safety level that is the same or better than today’s conventional operation. But transferring responsibilities, monitoring, and control facilities to shore also reduces the need for machinery engineers on board, which could make marine engineering jobs more attractive.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 11 Jun 2019
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