BV and Kongsberg claim DP survey first with remote inspection on OSV

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 22 March 2019


MAC, a Bureau Veritas (BV) company and Kongsberg Maritime have successfully tested a new solution for DP system performance and redundancy audits deployed on a Bourbon vessel.

DP Digital Survey is a solution developed by Kongsberg Maritime, in close collaboration with Bourbon and Bureau Veritas DP experts. It is a digital tool running on an industrial data management system that ensures unprecedented data consistency to verify onboard systems. DP Digital Survey acquires the information directly from the ships’ control systems and delivers it to the auditors via a secure cloud infrastructure, thus representing a real improvement in terms of quality of services.

New system being rolled out to BOURBON sister ships in the coming months following successful

The ability to remotely survey the data output from the Kongsberg Maritime solution is a first for the industry. The parties claim the the new application stands out from alternatives, providing real data of test completion evidence, not just photographs and video recordings. The new system is being rolled out to Bourbon sister ships in the coming months following successful trials

Kongsberg Maritime’s plans for the ongoing evolution of the DP Digital Survey app include the following:

  • Gradually automating the survey by capturing and digitalising the best practices of DP auditors
  • Redesigning the survey process and tests to best fit the new tools, based on the industrial data
  • Establishing a continuous ‘DP Digital Survey’ framework, where the performance and the technical availability of the DP system are remotely monitored in detail.

Laurent Leblanc, Vice-President, Marine Operations, Bureau Veritas commenting said: “The key for us is to receive reliable performance and failure data – not just photos and pictures. We first check the data is of sufficient quality: data quality management is a key factor along with cyber-security for data transfer. Our expertise is then used to review and assess the data. This provides access to a higher level and depth of ‘onshore’ engineering expertise to make judgements on results.”

Eivind Alling, Vice-President of Digital Performance at Kongsberg Maritime, added: “This collaboration allows us to strengthen our core products by offering our customers tools that will reduce their OPEX and streamline their operations. Kongsberg strives for innovation and we are creating new applications that will give our end customers more control of their data to support their operations.”

Commenting on the project and partnerships, Frederic Moulin, One Bourbon Operations Director, said: “This project greatly contributes to our Smart shipping program ambition; to capitalize on the digital revolution in order to stand out through a connected fleet and to reduce our operational costs. With our partners, we are ready to extend this “Digital DP Survey” to sister-ships in the next months and plan for further deployment later.”

Matthieu de Tugny, President, Marine & Offshore, Bureau Veritas concluded: “Bureau Veritas is proud to be a part of these projects bringing increasing sophistication to surveying capability. We have been investing a great deal in digital capability and it is good to see practical results in the field providing real, measurable benefits to our clients – to help improve performance and safety while potentially reducing OPEX.”

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