Bourbon teams with Bureau Veritas in smart OSV drive

French offshore giant Bourbon has signed a partnership with compatriot class society Bureau Veritas to develop and deploy automation and real time monitoring fleet applications, developing digital technologies, while mitigating cyber risks.

The partnership aims to deliver advanced automation of dynamic positioning systems to enable an improvement of DP operational safety through real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams as well as streamlining of onboard organisation leading to potential reduction of manning

A pilot has been implemented on the Bourbon Explorer 508 operating in Trinidad waters. Developed with Kongsberg Maritime, already a strategic partner of Bourbon, 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 element of the project is addressing cyber security threats. Thanks to a global partnership with Bureau Veritas, APSYS, an Airbus company specialised in product security, is helping in identifying and mitigating risks linked to data collection and communication between Bourbon’s vessels and onshore infrastructure.

“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 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,” declared Gaël Bodénès, CEO of Bourbon Corporation.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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