Bureau Veritas (BV) has issued a new Rule Note on Additional Class Notation Internal Connectivity. The Notation is included in Part A of NR467, Rules for the Classification of Steel Ships.
The additional class notation Internal Connectivity is assigned to units for which the on-board network infrastructure and the VSAT subscription are sufficient to provide a reliable live connection (audio and video) between a mobile device connected to the unit Wi-Fi, and the shore.
Its scope is limited to the list of Internal Connectivity Areas (ICAs) specified by the applicant. This list of Internal Connectivity Areas (ICAs), along with Class items covered is to be referred to in a memorandum on a Classification Certificate.
The Rule Note gives the requirements to assess the capacity of unit internal connectivity to reliably support various applications, such as remote surveys, remote access, remote assistance, supervision or training, remote technical assistance and maintenance, internal communication or video conference etc.