French offshore shipping company BOURBON has entered a strategic partnership with classification society Bureau Veritas to develop and deploy automation and real-time monitoring fleet applications.
The partnership forms part of BOURBON’s wider smart shipping programme and is also expected to develop digital technologies and address cyber security threats.
It will initially focus on developing an application for the real-time verification of the BOURBON fleet’s dynamic positioning (DP) operations.
The application will use real-time advisory tools to boost the DP operational safety of the vessel, as well as help bridge operators and provide remote support to onshore teams.
In addition, the solution is also set to streamline overall organisation on-board the vessel, leading to a potential reduction in manning requirements, fuel consumption and DP maintenance costs.
BOURBON CEO Gaël Bodénès said: “We have decided to innovate with Bureau Veritas in the way we operate vessels in order to bring a response to this new cycle, focused on operational excellence at optimum cost.
“Streamlining work organisation on-board vessels, this project will have a significant positive impact on our operations.
“In this digital era, we also have a common will to deploy innovative technological solutions offering tangible benefits to our customers.”
A pilot project has been implemented on the Bourbon Explorer 508 vessel, which is currently operating in Trinidad waters.
The project makes use of an application developed by BOURBON’s strategic partner Kongsberg Maritime to collect data from the ship’s DP system.
The application has been certified by Bureau Veritas and is designed to facilitate quicker decision-making.
Furthermore, the project is capable of addressing cyber security risks and has also been supported by a partnership between Bureau Veritas and APSYS, an Airbus company specialising in product security.