Leading offshore vessel operator Bourbon has taken a first leap into fleet digitalisation through a strategic partnership with classification society Bureau Veritas. With the help of Kongsberg Maritime and Airbus subsidiary Apsys, Bourbon will test digital technology for remote monitoring of offshore support vessels.
Bureau Veritas and Bourbon will jointly develop and deploy automation, real-time monitoring applications and developing digital technologies, while mitigating cyber risks. But first, they will test some of these smart ship technologies for verification of dynamic positioning (DP) operations in real-time.
A pilot has been implemented on Bourbon Explorer 508, which is operating in Trinidad waters. This monitoring technology was developed by Kongsberg Maritime, which is already a strategic partner of Bourbon and is certified by Bureau Veritas.
It collects data from the DP system that can be used on board and by onshore support teams to improve DP operations. Bourbon expects this to improve safety and reduce fuel and DP maintenance costs.
Apsys is helping the partners to identify and mitigate cyber security risks linked to data collection and communication between Bourbonís vessels and onshore infrastructure. It will also help Bureau Veritas create certification and class notations covering cyber security.
DP issues will be discussed and presented at Riviera Maritime Mediaís European Dynamic Positioning Conference in London on 6 February. This will be followed on 7-8 February by the Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference, awards and exhibition, where Kongsberg will be a key speaker.