France-based BOURBON has signed a new strategic agreement with Kongsberg Maritime to develop innovative digital solutions for connected and autonomous vessels.

The agreement will see the two companies develop joint projects in order to devise new ways of enhancing operational efficiency in the offshore services industry.

It will also explore and implement technical and digital solutions to improve the safety and cost-efficiency of marine activities.

In addition, Kongsberg will assist BOURBON to gain access to high-quality aggregated data from vessels and develop new operating solutions.

The deal will also see BOURBON help Kongsberg to better understand client operations and gain access to information from its fleet, including communications, cybersecurity, storage and management data.

The mutually beneficial arrangement will aid both companies in digitising their activities.

BOURBON chief operating officer Gael Bodénès said: “A major transformation is underway in the oil and gas industry.

“Having entered the new digital era, our customers are asking us for more services at optimised cost.”

BOURBON currently possesses a modern and standardised fleet of more than 513 vessels and 37 operating affiliates, and conducts operations in 45 countries.

"By working closely with leading offshore marine companies like BOURBON, we can ensure our solutions meet the data needs of the industry today."

The company mainly serves offshore oil and gas industry.

Kongsberg Maritime global sales and marketing EVP Stene Førsund said: “Digitalisation is vital to achieving greater efficiencies on board single vessels and entire fleets.

“By working closely with leading offshore marine companies like BOURBON, we can ensure our solutions meet the data needs of the industry today, while building a foundation for greater vessel autonomy in the future.”

Kongsberg announced its collaboration with Yara last month, which will see the construction of the world's first autonomous and zero-emissions ship.


Image: BOURBON and Kongsberg Maritime collaborate on connected and autonomous ships. Photo: courtesy of BOURBON / Kongsberg Maritime.