First remote Singapore tug survey completed

PSA Marine reports that it has successfully completed a remote marine survey for ‘PSA Aspen’, an LNG dual fuel harbour tug, carried out by classification society Bureau Veritas (BV).

Supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the project marks the first time a harbour tug registered under the Singapore Registry of Ships has undergone a fully accredited annual survey conducted remotely, without a surveyor physically present on board the vessel.

The project involved the use of mobile devices and an optimised live-streaming application, which allowed the crew onboard PSA Aspen and a surveyor in BV’s Singapore office to communicate with each other to jointly conduct the annual marine survey of classification and statutory requirements.

The BV surveyor conveyed instructions to the crewmember, watching and recording relevant images and real-time video, while archiving material for the electronic survey report.

“We are delighted to partner with BV in piloting the first remote annual marine survey for harbour tugs in Singapore,” said Peter Chew, Managing Director of PSA Marine.

“The innovative technologies used in the remote survey have enabled PSA Marine to complete our surveys on schedule despite COVID-19, while ensuring our harbour tugs continue serving our customers without delay or disruptions.”

“Our staff have embraced these changes and technologies with agility and resilience. They are fully supportive of PSA Marine’s continuing efforts to build a smarter, safer and more efficient fleet of the future.”

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