Bourbon, BV tie up on digital technologies

Offshore services firm Bourbon and Bureau Veritas have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deploy automation and real time monitoring fleet applications, developing digital technologies, while mitigating cyber risks.

Bourbon said in a press release that the partnership will deliver advanced automation of dynamic positioning (DP) systems to enable improvement of DP operational safety through real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams; streamlining of onboard organization leading to potential reduction of manning; and a reduction in fuel and DP maintenance costs.

A pilot project has been implemented on the Bourbon Explorer 508 operating in Trinidad waters. The system is developed with Kongsberg Maritime, already a strategic partner of Bourbon, and it is certified by Bureau Veritas. It collects data from the DP system and drives the development of novel decision-making and verification applications for both offshore crew and onshore support teams.

Another vital element of the project is addressing cyber security threats. Through a global partnership with Bureau Veritas, APSYS, an Airbus company that specializes in product security, is helping in identifying and mitigating risks linked to data collection and communication between Bourbon’s vessels and onshore infrastructure.

Based on this risk assessment relying on best practices from APSYS’s aerospace experience, Bureau Veritas is able to issue cyber security certification on products and class notations for ships meeting global industry security standards.

“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 organization onboard 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” said Bourbon ceo Gaël Bodénès.

“At Bureau Veritas, we know the value of strategic partnerships such as this. They are a key to supporting our Marine & Offshore clients like Bourbon to integrate new technologies while mitigating the risks of our increasingly digital and connected world,” noted Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore technical director Jean-François Segretain.

Posted 12 January 2018

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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