Bourbon begins DP automation project

Bourbon will collect DP data onboard an Explorer 500 series platform supply vessel to support its automation project Bourbon will collect DP data onboard an Explorer 500 series platform supply vessel to support its automation project

French shipping group Bourbon has launched a pilot project to automate dynamic positioning (DP) operations onboard one of its offshore vessels.

The project onboard the 3,700dwt DP2 platform supply vessel Bourbon Explorer 508, operating in Trinidadian waters, involves the collection of data from the DP system, with certification by Bureau Veritas and using systems developed by Kongsberg Maritime. The pilot will support the development of new decision-making and verification applications, the company said.

Gaël Bodénès, CEO of Bourbon Corp, said: “Streamlining work organisation onboard vessels, this project will have a significant positive impact on our operations. In this digital era, we have a common will to deploy innovative technological solutions offering tangible benefits to our customers.”

The project falls under a new partnership between Bourbon and Bureau Veritas to develop and deploy automation and real-time monitoring applications. The advanced automation of dynamic positioning systems is expected to deliver: improved safety through real-time advisory tools; streamlined operations onboard, with a possible reduction in manning; and a reduction in fuel and maintenance costs.

Product security specialist APSYS, an Airbus company and a global partner of Bureau Veritas, is helping to identify and mitigate cyber security risks linked to data collection and communication between Bourbon’s vessels and onshore infrastructure. Based on this risk assessment, Bureau Veritas is able to issue cyber security certification on products and class notations for ships.

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