Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) reports that it has opened its first remote survey centre, located in the port city of Rotterdam.
BV will employ a range of technologies at the centre to support remote survey services, including optimised live-streaming systems, Go-Pro cameras, smart glasses, and augmented reality equipment.
“The remote service delivery is led by a team of experienced surveyors and follows eight years of development experience,” said Herman Spilker, Vice President of the North Europe Zone for BV.
“In 2012 we started developing the procedures allowing administrative verifications to be conducted remotely. Bureau Veritas is now able to offer a comprehensive range of survey items which can be performed remotely. The applicable survey items include classification surveys and specific statutory items which can be agreed by flag administrations.”
During the development process for the new services different operating modes were tested, in different modes of connectedness: offline, partly online, and fully online. In the latter mode, the onboard client uses connected devices to display the ship’s condition in real time to a remote surveyor, allowing a survey to be closed at the end of a call.