OSV owner Vroon Offshore Services (VOS) reported its VOS Singapore operation has achieved Shell OVMSA2 compliance, ahead of the official mandatory requirement that comes into force in January 2021
An intensive four-day audit of VOS Singapore’s procedures was conducted semi-remotely by one Singapore Shell auditor in the office and two Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) auditors via Skype. The OVMSA2 compliance will keep VOS Singapore approved in the Shell system for the next two to three years.
“While we had already achieved OVMSA1 level-2 compliance with three oil majors (Chevron, Shell and BSP), OVMSA2 requirements are even tougher and also cover our VOS Shipboard Management (SBM),” said VOS in a statement. “As we expected, setting our newly introduced standardised VOS SBM against the strict OVMSA2 requirements gave us the opportunity to identify some minor discrepancies that are being addressed.”
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Offshore Vessel Management and Self-Assessment (OVMSA) programme was developed as a tool to help operators of offshore support vessels assess, measure and improve their management systems. These systems encompass all activities undertaken by a company, including technical, operational, personnel and HSE, both on board and ashore.
Launched in 2012, OVMSA1 was followed by OVMSA2 in December 2019. Even more stringent, OVMSA2 includes 30% additional requirements in its Element 6 (Operations) and Element 10 (Environmental and Energy Management), with Element 11 (Security), an entirely new topic.
“We view this first OVMSA2 compliance as another step towards increased efficiency and an improved offering, utilising the best practices of the industry. OVMSA accreditation has played a major part in the award of third-party shipmanagement contracts for ENA Shogun, Nautical Aisya and Falgout,” said the company.
An accommodation and maintenance vessel, MWV Falgout came under VOS Singapore’s shipmanagement in November. Built in 2019 by POET (China) Shipbuilding & Engineering Pte, 80-m MWV Falgout is dynamic positioning class 2 capable, with a clear deck area of 820 m2, 200-passenger capacity and 70-tonne deck crane.
Propulsion is supplied by two Niigata engines, rated at 1,491 kW each, in combination with two Z-Peller thrusters. The azimuth thrusters are driven by the main engines and supplemented with additional input power of 900 kW via a power take in (PTI) from the main generators in a hybrid configuration. Owned by JISCO Marine, the vessel is under long-term charter to BSP.
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