Anthony Veder and Bureau Veritas report that they have successfully completed a pilot for ‘live remote class surveys’ using a wearable device and augmented reality technology, paving the way for fully remote class surveys in the future.
During the pilot, a scenario covering three conditions of class was carried out on board an Anthony Veder ship, examining the bridge, cargo control room, engine control room and engine room. The remote survey was executed using a wearable augmented reality device enabling a live video and audio connection with the Anthony Veder office in Rotterdam and the Bureau Veritas office in Paris.
A class surveyor provided remote guidance for the crew on board the ship, taking them through the different class items to be covered using the live connection. Survey evidence was gathered by taking pictures and video recordings using the wearable device.
The project partners say that this remote method was shown to deliver the same level of quality as traditional on board surveys, but without requiring the surveyor to travel to the vessel. As a result, both parties are planning a further roll-out of the service in the next few months.
“The development of remote surveys and remote assistance perfectly fits our innovation roadmap in which we actively strive towards smart ship solutions, closing the distance between our people on board, in our office and our partners,” said Benne Engelen, CIO at Anthony Veder.
“The successful pilot marks an important milestone in the digitalisation of the maritime industry and our ambition to further develop the efficiency, sustainability and safety standards of our company.”
Anthony Veder notes that the technology could also offer other operational benefits, and will be applied by the company for remote assistance, troubleshooting and providing support to vessels in remote areas.