Crew transfer vessel owner CWind is working with UK-based Reygar to drive the development of a new safety feature within Reygar’s BareFLEET system.
BridgeWatch, a software upgrade for BareFLEET’s reporting console, will streamline communications during crew transfer vessel (CTV) operations by providing a distraction-free route for the master to ‘check in’ with the shore team at regular intervals.
In a statement, Reygar said CWind “recognised the need to take preventative action and mitigate against the sort of unplanned circumstances that can often arise offshore.”
To simplify communications between the bridge and shore team and provide peace of mind while a vessel is in transit, CWind is working with Reygar to test and deploy an upgrade to BareFLEET that alerts the master to record their presence on the bridge at regular intervals.
BareFLEET automatically monitors the health and performance of equipment on vessels, including engine health, fuel consumption, motion, and impact onto the turbine. The system also allows the crew to manually input data and observations into BareFLEET’s digital reporting platform, giving CTV operators full visibility over activity on board the vessel. Data is transmitted to the shore team via the cloud.
Reygar managing director Chris Huxley-Reynard said, “In order to support CWind and help them maximise safety and operational efficiency, we are updating BareFLEET’s digital reporting console with BridgeWatch.
“This upgrade is not about keeping tabs on the crew, it is about creating a simple, one-button means of communicating that all is well on board the vessel and providing the operations team with that all-important peace of mind.
“Our focus in the coming weeks is to make BridgeWatch as useful and practical as possible for the user. For example, we will be using BareFLEET’s bank of event data to suppress BridgeWatch alerts during periods of operation when the vessel is most at risk – such as when the vessel is travelling at high speed or in close proximity to other vessels. This will allow the master to remain completely focused on addressing these challenges, with alerts resuming once that period has passed.”
CWind director of operations Joshua Brennan said, “BridgeWatch is an efficient way for a master to touch base with the operations team and confirm that everything is okay on board. We have found that the one button ‘check-in’ format of the upgrade streamlines communications and helps the master to concentrate fully on the job at hand.”
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