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Bourbon agrees digitalisation deal

Bourbon and Bureau Veritas have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deploy a range of real time fleet monitoring applications and other digital technologies, while also looking for ways to mitigate cyber risks as the fleet becomes increasingly connected.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}This digitalisation process will include the installation of automated dynamic positioning (DP) systems with real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support from on shore teams, which Bourbon hopes will eventually streamline shipboard operations to the extent that manning levels could potentially be reduced.

A pilot system has been implemented on the Bourbon Explorer 508, currently operating in Trinidadian waters. Developed with Kongsberg Maritime, already a Bourbon strategic partner, the system is certified by Bureau Veritas and collects data from the DP system to support decision-making and verification applications for both offshore crew and employees on shore.

On the cyber security side, Bureau Veritas has also established a global partnership agreement with APSYS, an Airbus company specialising in product security, which will be leveraged to help identify and mitigate risks linked to data collection and communication between Bourbon’s vessels and shore-based infrastructure.

Based on this risk assessment, which will incorporate best practices from APSYS’s work in the aerospace sector, Bureau Veritas will be able to issue cyber security certification for any products developed, as well as class notations for ships it deems to meet global industry security standards.

“We have decided to innovate with Bureau Veritas in the way we operate vessels in order to bring a response to this new cycle focused on operational excellence at optimum cost,” said Gaël Bodénès, CEO of Bourbon Corporation.

“Streamlining work organisation on board vessels, this project will have a significant positive impact on our operations. In this digital era, we also have a common will to deploy innovative technological solutions offering tangible benefits to our customers.”{/mprestriction}

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