Bourbon completes remote survey using DP system

Bourbon completes remote survey using DP system
Bourbon 508, an OSV stationed off Angola

MAC, a Bureau Veritas (BV) company and Kongsberg Maritime have completed a remote inspection and audit survey on a Bourbon vessel using Kongsberg’s dynamic positioning (DP) system.

The Kongsberg Maritime DP Digital Survey, developed in collaboration with Bourbon and Bureau Veritas was tested on the offshore support vessel (OSV) stationed off Angola. The digital tool runs on an industrial data management system that ensures unprecedented data consistency to verify on-board systems. DP Digital Survey acquires the information directly from the ships’ control systems and delivers it to the auditors via a secure cloud infrastructure. Real data of test completion is provided, rather than just photographs and video recordings.

The anticipated next steps as the DP Digital Survey tool evolves will include: increased automation of the survey process; improvements in the survey process; and the ability to establish a continuous DP survey framework allowing detailed, and continual, remote monitoring.

Laurent Leblanc, vice-president, marine operations, Bureau Veritas, said: “The key for us is to receive reliable performance and failure data – not just photos and pictures. We first check the data is of sufficient quality: data quality management is a key factor along with cyber-security for data transfer. Our expertise is then used to review and assess the data. This provides access to a higher level and depth of ‘onshore’ engineering expertise to make judgements on results.”

Eivind Alling, vice-president of digital performance at Kongsberg Maritime, added: “This collaboration allows us to strengthen our core products by offering our customers tools that will reduce their OPEX and streamline their operations. Kongsberg strives for innovation and we are creating new applications that will give our end customers more control of their data to support their operations.”

Frederic Moulin, One Bourbon operations director, said: “This project greatly contributes to our Smart shipping program ambition; to capitalise on the digital revolution in order to stand out through a connected fleet and to reduce our operational costs. With our partners, we are ready to extend this “Digital DP Survey” to sister-ships in the next months and plan for further deployment later.”

Originally published on Digital Ship.