Chinese semi-sub becomes the world’s first rig to get DNV’s Smart notation

A semi-submersible drilling rig from China Merchant Heavy Industry (CMHI), SHEN LAN TAN SUO, has become the world’s first offshore unit to receive DNV’s Smart notation compliance certificate.

CMHI's drilling rig SHEN LAN TAN SUO
CMHI’s drilling rig SHEN LAN TAN SUO

The voluntary Smart vessel notation from DNV provides a framework for assessing and visualizing digital vessel features and shows that a vessel is utilizing enhancements that improve operations, efficiency, and reduced environmental impacts, DNV explained in a statement on Thursday.

“We are very honoured that SHEN LAN TAN SUO was awarded the world’s first Smart notation from DNV”, said Mei Xianzhi, General Manager of China Merchant Heavy Industry (Jiangsu), at the presentation ceremony.

“Digitalization and intellectualization are the general trends in technological development. Digital transformation is one of the development strategies for CMHI and we are committed to building the internal industry chain of ship repair and ship construction through smart operation and maintenance while adding value to end users with services supporting the life cycle of ships”, said Mei.

DNV Maritime’s Regional Manager for Greater China, Norbert Kray, presented DNV’s Smart notation compliance certificate for the CM-SD1000 medium and deep-water drilling rig to Mei Xianzhi in a ceremony held at DNV’s regional headquarters in Shanghai on 10 March 2021.

DNV Maritime’s Regional Manager for Greater China, Norbert Kray, presents the Smart notation compliance certificate to Mei Xianzhi, General Manager of China Merchant Heavy Industry (Jiangsu)
DNV Maritime’s Regional Manager for Greater China, Norbert Kray, presents the Smart notation compliance certificate to Mei Xianzhi, General Manager of China Merchant Heavy Industry (Jiangsu)

Norbert Kray said: “As the first in the world to apply our newly developed Smart notation, CMHI demonstrates that in digitalization and automation they have both the foresight to look to future needs and the ability to deliver in practice”.

The Smart notation demonstrates that the data collection infrastructure of SHEN LAN TAN SUO and its ability to ensure reliable and safe data collection from multiple systems onboard has been subject to quality assurance from an independent third party.

The rig has also been awarded the qualifiers D-INF(P) for data-driven verification processes, and EEN, which recognizes solutions that provide improved energy efficiency and reduced harmful emissions, focusing on technologies that are considered cost, energy and emission-efficient for the operation of the vessel.

“Data streams from sensors and other sources of information are increasingly becoming an essential part of decision-making and used as input for monitoring, control, quality assurance, and verification”, said DNV’s Offshore Classification Director Geir Fuglerud, who joined the award ceremony virtually from Norway.

The CM-SD1000 rig uses the R6 mooring system, with a maximum of 12 mooring points and an ultra-high-strength anchor chain. It can be quickly laid in up to 800 meters of water and adapt to global sea operations.

The rig utilizes an integrated multi-functional drilling system, which can improve the efficiency of conventional drilling equipment by nearly 30 per cent.

It is also equipped with a new independently developed intelligent operation and maintenance system, which can collect data on the operating status of the rig in real-time.