Bourbon signs smart shipping partnership with Total in Angola

France’s Bourbon and its local joint venture company Sonasurf have sign a three-year technological partnership for the deployment of smart shipping with Total in Angola.

The smart shipping programme will utilise five latest-generation supply vessels from the Bourbon Explorer 500 series on blocks 17 and 32 off the Angolan coast. Building on technological innovations, the programme aims to reduce costs by 25% over the long-term. It aims at:

Innovations and optimisations to be used include the rationalisation of work organisation on board with the digitalisation of some of the mandatory bridge’s tasks, and the deployment of a new system of predictive maintenance.

“This new mode of vessel operation enables us to meet the challenge of controlling costs in the current time of recovering activity. We are very happy to have been able to move forward in collaborative mode with Total on this deployment project in Angola,” said Ivelino Do Nascimento, Sonasurf operations manager.

“The deployment of the program at Total prefigures a new way of sustainable cooperation and optimized services delivery to our customers with fewer resources,” adds Victor Chevallier, CEO of Bourbon Marine & Logistics.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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