Classification societies have launched new services for smart vessel management, augmented reality (AR)-driven visual support and e-learning
ABS has introduced a suite of fleet management and vessel compliance services, launching ABS Apps for informed decision support to manage ship compliance and classification. This smart functionality is an enhancement to the ABS MyFreedom client portal and can be accessed through a mobile app or text.
These digital tools simplify access to operational, technical and compliance fleet intelligence and all ABS class services to manage the operating health and performance of ship fleets.
New applications include ABS Smart Scheduler, Custom Checklist, Fee Estimator for survey prices, Port State Control Risk and International Safety Management (ISM) Findings.
ABS Smart Scheduler uses real-time automatic identification system (AIS) data to maintain fleet compliance. Users can use this to book surveys, including remote surveys, even when there is no internet access. This app tracks survey status for all vessels in a fleet and position through AIS, and then issues alerts when surveys are due.
Custom Checklist brings together port state data from all ABS-classed vessels to provide a harbour-specific checklist for crew and fleet managers prior to arrival at any port.
Port State Control Risk provides port state control analytics by vessel or fleet, enabling ship operators to view top deficiency items for a destination. It provides a vessel risk rating based on compliance health status.
ISM Findings allows clients to view the destination port’s top ISM-related deficiency items against their vessel’s matching findings from ABS class records.
ABS has also expanded its sustainability support through three new centres in two continents. These are in Houston, US, in Athens, Greece and Copenhagen, Denmark and augment services already available from ABS’s Global Sustainability Centre in Singapore.
Athens is the centre of ABS’ vessel performance and efficiency expertise. There are a range of specialists in Houston for expertise in alternative fuels, waste streams and human-centric design. Copenhagen is a centre of excellence in vessel innovations and fuel technologies, while Singapore provides advice for sustainability reporting and environmental, social and governance issues.
Bureau Veritas (BV) has partnered with SightCall to produce a cloud-based virtual assistance platform.
This is an AR-based visual support for ship classification, which BV said has become more important and frequently used during the global coronavirus pandemic.
SightCall assists vessel operators and class to use artificial intelligence (AI) and AR to complete remote surveys and ensure ships meet regulatory requirements.
“With the help of AR and AI tech, classification services can now be done by one technician while everyone else is on shore,” said SightCall.
BV has also introduced e-learning modules from its BVS eAcademy to maritime for remote training in classification rules and statutory requirements.
It has released 25 maritime courses, developed for BV’s own internal training requirements, for maritime professionals or students to use. These courses provide awareness and understanding of specific areas of expertise related to naval architecture, classification requirements, rules and regulations, materials, welding and non-destructive testing.
BV says these e-learning courses will be useful for professionals involved in ship operations, maritime regulation, ship broking, finance, insurance and providers of ancillary services.
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