French offshore services firm Bourbon has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Bureau Veritas to develop and deploy automation and real time monitoring fleet applications.
The partnership’s first application will be the real-time verification of the dynamic positioning (DP) operations of the Bourbon fleet. Bureau Veritas will provide classification of the connectivity systems, and both partners will work together to address potential cyber security issues.
The collaborative effort aims to deliver improvements in DP operational safety through real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote onshore teams. Ultimately, Bourbon hopes the new technology will streamline on board organization and achieve reductions in fuel and DP maintenance costs.
The solution is already being piloted on the Bourbon Explorer 508, a platform supply vessel operating in Trinidadian waters. 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.
“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,” says Gaël Bodénès, CEO of Bourbon. “Streamlining work organization onboard vessels, this project will have a significant positive impact on our operations.”
Product security specialist APSYS — an Airbus company and a global partner of Bureau Veritas — is also helping to identify and minimize risks linked to data collection and communication between Bourbon’s vessels and onshore infrastructure. Bureau Veritas is therefore able to issue cyber security certification based on APSYS’s risk assessment.