Classification society ABS has extended its remote survey programme by introducing a range of remote survey options for offshore assets
The society said most of the world’s offshore drilling units are now eligible for remote survey following its move. “Offshore operators now have more options to use remote survey technologies to streamline the survey process to include most class and statutory annuals.”
ABS has also extended its remote survey and audit services to existing equipment manufacturing and external specialist clients enrolled in ABS programmes.
ABS senior vice president for global offshore Matt Tremblay said “The range of remote services we offer the industry means operators can now simply book a survey and ABS will help the operator decide how best to carry out the work with the least operational interference.”
Users of the My Freedom Client Portal can now take advantage of ABS’ Smart Scheduler mobile survey booking tool, which enables remote surveys to be scheduled. The service “leverages real-time AIS data to maintain fleet compliance”. It tracks survey status for all vessels in a fleet and then issues alerts when surveys are due.
Mr Tremblay said “Remote survey is now business as usual in the marine industry and our deep experience with the offshore industry means we are uniquely placed to ensure the many benefits can now be extended to our offshore clients for the first time."
ABS provides classification services to over half of the global fleet of mobile offshore drilling units. Demand for remote surveys has risen as the shipping industry tackles challenges from coronavirus-induced travel and port restrictions.
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