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COVID-19 travel constraints revved remote DP systems adoption

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Pandemic induced border closures accelerate adoption of digital solutions for surveys and inspection


The saying of ‘turning every adversity into opportunity’ rings true for AuqalisBraemar LOC Group, whose subsidiary in Germany collaborated with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) to provide remote dynamic positioning (DP) trials on vessels operating in the Windea Offshore fleet.

With tight border restrictions, maritime saw a spike to remote annual surveys and trials of DP systems for vessels supporting offshore oil, gas and renewables market. The trial agreements include readying the programme, marine engineering consultation for two offshore service vessels (OSV) supporting windfarm operations along the coastlines of Germany and the Netherlands.

LOC will provide remote DP surveys on BSM managed 2016-built, 88m Windea La Cour and 2017-built Windea Leibniz. Both German-flagged vessels are DNV GL classed. In the same agreement, LOC will also offer the same on BSM managed Kairos, a DP-2 class LNG bunker supply vessel. However, it does not include another Windea offshore windfarm service vessel, the 2020-built, 93.4-m Windea Jules Verne.

Emerk Ersin Takmaz, general manager of LOC Germany remarked, “It has enabled the group to expand its capabilities within offshore wind operations, working together with BSM’s offshore supply vessels.” He added it is an opportunity to penetrate the German market through leveraging on its DP specialty and the BSM agreement. LOC Germany has been actively providing specialist marine inspections and surveys, condition as well as suitability surveys since mid-2019.

Ships surveys are carried out periodically to ensure the safety and seaworthiness of vessels. With global maritime laws becoming more stringent with each passing year, all vessels are required to undertake a series of inspections in order to meet minimum requirements to continue sailing. Dynamic Positioning is a vessel capability provided via an integration of a variety of individual systems and functions. It is a computer control system automatically maintains a vessel’s position and heading through her propellers and thrusters.




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