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Bureau Veritas introduces verification services for maritime e-procurement

Bureau Veritas reports that it has introduced online ‘third-party’ verification services for maritime procurement, provided by its Assurance Solutions’ team and delivered through its partnership with bluester announced in September 2018.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new desktop verification service aims to provide assurance of the reliability of the supplier information displayed on bluester for every new enquiry.

“The bluester marketplace covers the full range of maritime procurement requirements and enables buyers and suppliers to transact through a common interface using a set of streamlined processes,” said bluester CEO Christoph Kiese.

“Ship managers and service providers automatically, impartially, and transparently match against their own predefined criteria for direct contract conclusion on the platform. The addition of online desktop verification by Bureau Veritas adds considerably to our marketplace, increasing confidence and reducing the time and cost of transactions.”

Suppliers apply online for a verification check of the accreditation documentation which has been uploaded in the certificate manager area on bluester, which is then checked and confirmed by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The supplier is provided with a digital ‘label’ demonstrating that verification has been successfully concluded. Examples of the documentation required to enable desktop verification include QHSE management certification, classification society approvals, flag state recognition, and manufacturer recognition.

“Desktop verification was the logical next step in our co-operation,” said Matthieu de-Tugny, COO marine & offshore at Bureau Veritas.

“Suppliers will now only need to go through the verification process once. BV’s ability to check the accuracy and reliability of suppliers’ data provides real process efficiency.”{/mprestriction}

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    “This is a new and important milestone in the Bureau Veritas global strategy of Digital Classification using digital technologies to transform the operating model of classification for the benefits of its clients,” sid Laurent Leblanc, senior vice- president, technical & operations.

    Bureau Veritas has conducted a full program of tests and proof of concepts confirming that the relevant technologies are now mature enough to enable remote surveys. Technologies used include optimised live-streaming solutions; connected devices (smart phones, tablets, Go-Pro cameras, smart glasses, augmented reality); and connectivity on board – with improvements from 4G networks and 5G yet to be realised.

    During the development process different operating modes were tested successfully in different modes of connectedness: offline, partly on-line, and fully online. These different modes reflect the need for different levels of connectedness. In the latter mode – the fastest and most comprehensive remote survey mode – the onboard client uses connected devices to show the ship’s condition in real time to a remote surveyor and this means a survey in real time can be closed at the end of a call.

    Significant benefits to clients include speed of response and no travel or waiting time; optimisation in the decision-making process thanks to live-streaming solutions; continuous improvement in the quality of service; and cost control through overall reductions in travel time and arrangements.

    Herman Spilker, vice president of the North Europe Zone for BV, commented: "The remote service delivery is led by a team of experienced surveyors and follows eight years of development experience. 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."

    The combination of remote surveyors, the marine operational centre surveyors and management support as well as close proximity to plan approval surveyors will allow the Remote Survey Centre, equipped with latest technology hardware and software tools, to deliver a high value service to clients.

    Mr Leblanc added: "This remote capability is really just starting to make an impact on our clients. It is a vital development for the future of classification."

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