Classification societies invest in tech

February 22, 2019

Over 300 years after they were first formed to help insurers understand the seaworthiness of the vessels they were underwriting, classification societies remain essential for marine safety. 

But in the last decades, technology has disrupted the way they operate, driving many to invest in online platforms and focus on new areas of IT and cyber security.

As a result, shipowners can now use mobile apps to request surveys or manage fleet readiness and compliance, while surveyors use their own apps to produce reports and issue e-certificates.

Advanced 3D modelling and computational fluid dynamics software – such as that provided as a consultancy service by AMC Search – can be used to improve visualisation of ships. This helps reduce discrepancies between design and construction and means vessel designs can be tested against anticipated wind and wave forces.

Another example is autonomous technology. Classification societies, attracted by the potential of efficiency savings, are developing methods of using drones with cameras and sensors to inspect ships.

 In the area of cyber security, new teams of IT and cyber security experts are being recruited to support notations for cyber secure vessels and provide vessels with cyber-security guidance.

 In a sign of the importance placed on cyber security, AMC Search partner Lloyds Register last year acquired cyber security specialists Nettitude to help protect its clients from cyber attack.

 AMC Search is proud to be the Australian provider of various Lloyd’s Register marine and shipping training products.

 Our upcoming course, Classification and Statutory Surveys, is designed for anyone wishing to gain a solid understanding of the role, workings and requirements of a classification society.

 Classification and Statutory Surveys is delivered from the maritime industry hub of Sydney from 5th March. Find out more and book