Classification and technical services provider ABS has released two documents to guide the maritime industry on condition monitoring.

Its new Guidance Notes on Condition Monitoring Techniques guides ship owners in choosing appropriate monitoring techniques while the Guide for Surveys Based on Machinery Reliability and Maintenance Techniques offers updated methodologies to achieve classification notations applied to machinery reliability and maintenance management programmes.

The newly released guidance includes a summary of condition-monitoring techniques, guidance for selecting the appropriate technique based on expectations and needs, information on measurement frequency, personnel skill requirements, company resources, and approaches to risk assessment.

“There have been significant advances in condition monitoring software and diagnostic technologies.”

The guide explains the process and requirements that ABS use to review submitted design, and explain how designs and maintenance plans throughout lifecycle stages of the asset are analysed.

ABS CTO Howard Fireman said: "There have been significant advances in condition monitoring software and diagnostic technologies that have the potential to improve operational efficiency and enhance overall safety.

"These changes are reflected in these newly released documents."

Condition monitoring can decrease the amount of time equipment is out of service for survey activities and can help foresee equipment failures, which subsequently results in less downtime for service and repair.

Applying the guidance provided in these documents paves the way for a better system selection and streamlines the classification process, ABS stated.