ABS and P&O Maritime Logistics (POML) have announced plans to conduct a new condition-based class (CBC) pilot project, using the ABS Nautical Systems computerised maintenance management system to transmit planned maintenance data and condition-based maintenance activities from vessel to shore, to potentially be applied in crediting class survey requirements.
The CBC process aims to enable less intrusive surveys of hull and machinery systems through alternative means of verification of compliance to specific survey requirements.
Delivered in three progressive phases, the project will be carried out on the platform supply vessel (PSV) DMS Courageous, and will initially focus on improving alternative means of compliance verification before expanding to apply remote survey techniques.
Ultimately, ABS hopes that the project will progress to leveraging predictive capabilities to transform the Class process and create efficiencies in onboard surveys.
“A cardinal element to our future is our continued disruption of the segments in which we operate – pushing ourselves to implement solutions which challenge conventional thinking methods,” said Martin Helweg, Chief Operating Officer of P&O Maritime Logistics.
“Our customer demands are increasingly shifting towards advanced services, and in response we began to digitise aspects of our service offering to optimise the supply chain. Through partnerships with companies like ABS, we continue to offer and deliver a difference which drives value for our customers.”
The DMS Courageous project utilises ABS’ Remote Survey offerings and the ABS Guide on Smart Function for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units which introduced notations on ‘smart’ technology applications.
The Caspian Voyager, POML’s largest modern PSV in the Caspian Sea, recently entered into an ABS extended dry-docking scheme and is also set to begin the CBC process shortly. The company’s ultimate goal is to enrol the entire fleet into the ABS CBC programme within the next five years.