Class society Bureau Veritas (BV) has continued the expansion of its remote survey capabilities with the opening of its digital centre in Miami, USA.
The company has already opened similar remote centres in Dubai, Istanbul, Athens and Rotterdam over the course of this year, as it looks to provide global access to its digital services.
The US centre has already provided early remote survey services to three vessels in Florida-based Tropical Shipping’s fleet, ships sailing in Caribbean trades that were inaccessible for physical surveys.
“Using remote surveys has allowed us to meet various requirements including the ability to complete class surveys in locations where commercial flights are not servicing, as well as reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure to our crews,” said Michael Wardwell, General Manager of Marine at Tropical,
In addition to BV’s digital service centre, a new physical survey centre has also been opened in Seattle to provide additional surveyor coverage in the immediate Washington State area.
“We are very focused on client delivery for ships calling in North American ports and for clients based in the United States and Canada. Our remote survey capability further supports our already strong global network – but physical surveys remain vital,” said Bruno Dabouis, BV’s Vice President of Southern Europe and North America.
“We need both, whether he or she is remote or physically present the critical experience, insight, judgement, and decisions of the Bureau Veritas surveyor remain paramount.”