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Bourbon and Sonasurf deploy smart shipping program with TOTAL

Bourbon & Sonasurf have signed a 3-year cooperation agreement with TOTAL in Angola for the deployment of the Smart shipping program on 5 latest-generation supply vessels of the Bourbon Explorer 500 series (DP2-equipped PSVs) operating on blocks 17 and 32 off the Angolan coast.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} BOURBON’s Smart shipping program aims to reinforce the safety and reliability of operations while reducing cost by 25 per cent over the long term. It aims at:

  • simplifying organisation onboard, notably with the support of digital technology
  • transferring ashore functions that are currently carried out onboard by connecting the vessels.

It is based on 3 pillars: operational model aboard the vessel, predictive maintenance and support of onshore operational centres. 

Some of the innovations and optimisations deployed on the 5 vessels under contract with TOTAL include:

-           The use of the dynamic positioning (DP) system: its supervision is mutualised between maintenance and bridge crews to reinforce the mix of expertise. The system has been reinforced to enable the continuous and remote monitoring of DP’s integrity. 

-           The rationalisation of work organisation onboard: Bourbon crews have digitalised some of the mandatory bridge’s tasks and have developed applications to simplify the crew's administrative work and optimise their workload. The elimination of administrative and routine tasks enable crews to focus on the supervision of operations.

-           The deployment of a new system of predictive maintenance for the main equipment on board: it enables the reduction of vessel downtime and the impact on customer operations by anticipating incidents on equipment that are under constant monitoring. It is coupled with dedicated organisation onshore.

"This new mode of vessel operation enables us to meet the challenge of controlling costs in the current time of recovering activity. We are very happy to have been able to move forward in collaborative mode with TOTAL on this deployment project in Angola" said Ivelino Do Nascimento, Sonasurf operations manager.

"Our customers' trust and this project in partnership with TOTAL in particular are essential in the success of our #BOURBONINMOTION action plan. The deployment of the program at TOTAL prefigures a new way of sustainable cooperation and optimised services delivery to our customers with fewer resources," said Victor Chevallier, CEO of Bourbon Marine & Logistics. {/mprestriction} 

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