Samsung Heavy Industries and classification society DNV have inked a memorandum of understanding at South Korean maritime exhibition Kormarine.

The two entities committed to establishing a remote operation centre for real-time monitoring and control of maritime autonomous surface ships (MASS).

The MOU is intended to underpin DNV and Samsung Heavy Industries’ collaboration to drive innovation and redefine the future of marine transportation.

The MOU is to also explore remote assistance technologies that underpin the concepts of autonomous ships and their practical applications. DNV will advise SHI on its remote operation centre concept and later certify it according to the relevant regulations.

Autonomous Ship Research Centre director and vice-president Hyun Joe Kim said: “This strategic partnership marks the beginning of a dynamic collaboration on ROC [remote operation centre], underpinned by a shared vision of the benefits to all stakeholders of the efficient and cyber-secure autonomous vessel”.

DNV regional manager, maritime Korea and Japan Vidar Dolonen said: “This partnership reaffirms our dedication to pioneering advancements in maritime technology”.