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Bourbon Offshore to digitalize its vessels

Bourbon Offshore has partnered with Bureau Veritas to develop various digital solutions for its fleet, while the risk of cyber attacks will also be addressed.

France's Bourbon Offshore will develop new digital solutions for its fleet in a new, strategic partnership with classification firm Bureau Veritas, announces the offshore carrier in a press release.

The new partnership is part of the carrier's smart shipping program, which seeks to increase safety and reliability of its offshore vessels at low cost.

Together with Bureau Veritas, Bourbon will first develop an application to monitor operations with via dynamic positioning (DP), which is often used in offshore in realtime.

Bridge operators and onshore teams can thus see what is happening on board the ship. At the same time, the new solution should reduce bunker and DP maintenance costs.

The two parties will also develop digital applications and tackle the threat of cyber attacks faced by the industry.

"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. Streamlining work organization onboard vessels, this project will have a significant positive impact on our operations," says Gaël Bodénès, CEO of Bourbon Corporation, in the press release.

Bourbon has a pilot project with a second partner, Kongsberg Maritime, which involves collecting data from a vessel's DP system.

English Edit: Lena Rutkowski

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