World’s 1st Intelligent Very Large Ore Carrier Is Here

The world’s first intelligent very large ore carrier (iVLOC), the DNV GL-classed Pacific Vision, was delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipyard to China Merchants Energy Shipping Company.

The vessel is the world’s first VLOC to implement DNV GL’s SmartShip descriptive notation.

To qualify for the notation, Pacific Vision has been outfitted with an integration platform, a smart navigation decision support system, a ship energy efficiency management and optimization system, and smart-vessel operation and maintenance system.

  “With the SmartShip notation, we wanted to give customers a platform to clearly present the new technologies they were utilizing to optimize performance, enhance safety, and minimize their environmental impact. This notation supports our customers who are developing smart ships that are setting the standards for the future of shipping,” Norbert Kray, DNV GL’s Regional Manager Greater China, said.

As part of the SmartShip notation, the ship has features including operational enhancement (OE), performance enhancement (PE), and condition monitoring enhancement (CME).

The vessel will operate between Brazil and Asia (China, Japan, Malaysia and Oman), and will very likely also been deployed for the Brazil and Europe trade (Rotterdam, Italy).

The main particulars of the 400K VLOC are:

    • Overall length: 362 m
    • Breadth: 65 m
    • Depth: 30.4 m
    • Draught: 23 m
  • Deadweight: 399,999 DWT

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