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ABS AND CHEVRON JOIN IN NEW SMART SHIP NOTATION

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 

ABS and tanker operator Chevron Shipping Company have taken the first step in a pioneering digital fleet management journey with ABS Smart notations for vessels.

The Suezmax lightering vessel Pegasus Voyager is the first vessel in Chevron’s fleet to receive the ABS maintenance optimisation notation SMART-MHM (Machinery Health Monitoring), with the Polaris Voyager on course to receive the notation soon and more in the company's 28-vessel fleet expected to follow. The Pegasus Voyager is the first ABS-classed vessel to qualify for the SMART-MHM notation.

Chevron’s Asset Integrity team and the ABS Digital Solutions team are working closely on digital strategies for condition-based maintenance to drive enhanced risk management, streamline the class interface and increase asset availability.

Kash Mahmood, ABS SVP Digital Solutions, said: “Together, ABS and Chevron are shaping the next generation of maintenance methodologies, delivering future class services and driving the evolution of maritime safety in a digital world. As a leader in maritime digital technologies, ABS is proud to be working with industry leaders such as Chevron to challenge traditional approaches and develop advanced services for the benefit of our clients and members.”

“We value the opportunity to partner with ABS and further utilize 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 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,” said Steve Brady, Asset Integrity Manager, Chevron Shipping.

Chevron has long been a leader in proactive maintenance, acquiring the PMP (Preventative Maintenance) notations for its fleet and using a range of ABS remote survey services. The ABS SMART-MHM notation leverages Chevron’s investment in fleet sensor technologies to support remote analytics, utilising machinery data for Class crediting. The notation allows ABS and Chevron to align maintenance strategies for the Pegasus Voyager and Polaris Voyager to specific condition-based survey approaches.

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