ABS has announced it is now offering remote surveying with 24-hour worldwide coverage to enable certain surveys to be performed without the surveyor being physically present on-board.
The following survey types are presently suitable for ABS Remote Survey, with more to be added in the near future.
- Continuous Machinery Survey
- Tail Shaft or Tube Shaft Survey Three-Month Extension
- Minor Damage Survey
- Rectification of Outstanding Recommendation (OSR) or Outstanding Deficiency (OSD)
- Remote Underwater Examination of Offshore Units with ROV.
In order to participate in ABS Remote Survey, customers are required to submit a remote survey request via the online webform. The team of surveyors at ABS review the request and respond within 24 hours. Once approval is granted, the customer will receive a link to upload documentation for non-attendance survey. ABS surveyors then review the documentation for survey crediting.
John McDonald, senior vice president, Western Hemisphere Operations, commented: “We are committed to harnessing digital technologies to solve owners and operators challenges to improve performance, control costs, and drive efficiencies across the industry, while never compromising safety. This year we introduced ABS e-Certificates and our Smart Guidance. Now, by offering easy direct access to our global network of surveyors, ABS Remote Survey delivers a new option for smart and safe surveying.”
Many vessels are already eligible for ABS remote survey, although according to ABS, the ABS Preventative Maintenance Program (PMP) notation, which helps owners and operators maintain their vessels with updated machinery maintenance practices, is recommended for maximum advantage.
Originally published on Digital Ship.