Chevron Shipping Company’s fleet management operation has been granted its first ‘smart’ notation from classification society ABS
The Suezmax lightering vessel Pegasus Voyager became the first ship in Chevron’s fleet to receive the ABS maintenance optimisation notation SMART-MHM (machinery health monitoring).
Chevron is seeking to move its entire 28-vessel fleet towards a condition-based maintenance system supported by digital tools. Polaris Voyager is the next vessel in line to receive the notation with more vessels expected to follow.
The SMART-MHM notation coupled with Chevron’s fleet sensor technologies will help support remote analytics, using machinery data for class accreditation. ABS said the notation will allow both companies to align maintenance strategies for Pegasus Voyager and Polaris Voyager to specific condition-based survey approaches.
Chevron said its Asset Integrity team and the ABS Digital Solutions team are working to drive enhanced risk management, streamline the class interface and increase asset availability. Asset Integrity manager Steve Brady said “We value the opportunity to partner with ABS and further utilise the investment Chevron Shipping has made with predictive maintenance tools”.
“The ABS Smart Function-approved technology provided by the DEI Group is installed on 20 of Chevron’s vessels and is clearly demonstrating value. The system provides visibility into equipment health that is unavailable with any other monitoring systems allowing us to quickly identify and act on degrading conditions. Not only do these tools make our vessels more reliable, but they also reduce our costs by avoiding expensive equipment failures.”
Optimised ship operations and port activities will be discussed in depth during Riviera Maritime Media’s Vessel Optimisation Webinar Week, from 7 September. Use this link for more details and to register for these webinars