DNV GL’s Noble Denton has digitalised its Towing Vessel Approvability Scheme (TVAS) for interested parties to gain a better understanding of best practice and vessels’ condition
The classification society has introduced its new digital service MyTVAS to its Veracity platform. This contains two distinct applications, one aimed at vessel owners and operators and the other for charterers, surveyors, insurance underwriters and analysts.
MyTVAS uses established technical standards for towing vessels in the marine and offshore industries which form a best-practice criterion that allows owners of towing vessels to demonstrate their vessels’ compliance.
A vessel’s categorisation under TVAS will be consistent with DNV GL’s ST-N001 marine operations and marine warranty standard.
“TVAS allows charterers of towing vessels to build confidence in the vessels they are taking on hire,” said DNV GL Noble Denton marine services senior business development manager Captain Stephen Norman.
“With TVAS working alongside their quality management systems, they can now contract a well-founded and well-equipped vessel that has been surveyed and is being monitored to a consistent global technical standard,” Capt Norman added.
“It has been reborn on Veracity. MyTVAS provides value in an efficient way, leveraging our existing knowledge on customer needs and operational insights,” he added.
Veracity is an open industry platform that facilitates data sharing among industry players.
MyTVAS features a fleet management tool for owners enrolled in the scheme to track the lifecycle of their fleet and monitor the certification process. Throughout that lifecycle, survey reports are assessed by experts and, where acceptability is confirmed, the vessel is issued with a digital certificate designating entry into the scheme based on their towage duties as either ocean-going salvage tug, unrestricted, coastal or restricted.
When owners register their towing vessel into the MyTVAS scheme, its details are provided on a dashboard on Veracity. MyTVAS is available to all stakeholders via a dashboard app, which contains relevant data for all vessels in the scheme.
“MyTVAS benefits operators, oil companies and other charterers, surveyors, shipbrokers and underwriters in assessing vessel suitability for various towing operations,” said Capt Norman.
Future versions of the MyTVAS dashboard app will enable potential charterers the opportunity to make secure contact with MyTVAS-approved vessel owners over the platform.
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