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Wednesday, August 26, 2020 

Kongsberg Maritime’s Dynamic Positioning Digital Survey (DPDS) application has been endorsed by Bureau Veritas (BV) through its Approval in Principle (AiP) designation.

Following successful pilot trials with offshore service provider Bourbon Offshore, BV and Kongsberg Maritime have collaborated to leverage the insights derived from the initial installation. BV is now allowing vessel owners and operators to conduct DP Annual trials using the DPDS application. Kongsberg Maritime has used this time to prepare and equip for widespread delivery.

The DPDS application digitises all data derived from the DP Annual tests, carried out in accordance with IMO MSC Circ 1580 guidelines and IMCA M 190, to verify the performance and redundancy of the vessel-specific DP system. This encompasses the complete installation necessary for dynamically positioning a vessel, comprising, but not limited to, the power system, thruster system and DP control system.

Running on a validated, industrial data recording and management platform, the KM DPDS application provides access to data acquired directly from the DP system. The data is transferred to class surveyors via Kongsberg’s secure cloud infrastructure upon completion of the trials. The surveyor can then play back the DP Annual trial program onshore. Each test is unique and can be played back individually. Surveys can be carried out at any time from any location once the data is uploaded to the KM cloud. Ship owners can use the digital survey tool to collate and present concrete evidence that the necessary test procedures have been carried out and completed.

Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime, said: “The benefits of the DPDS application to vessel owners are numerous. The digital survey tool enables substantial savings to be made because far less time needs to be spent off-hire, and it obviously removes the requirement to cover travel expenses for surveyors. It can also improve crew competence, simplifying DP Annual trials and making the approval process far more efficient and straightforward. Furthermore, as the application is essentially an add-on to our existing K-IMS application suite, it’s easy for vessels to integrate and deploy DPDS.”

BV has developed of an additional class notation, DDPS (Digital Dynamic Positioning Survey), an addition to the existing Dynapos notation. BV VP and Marine Operations Director, Laurent Leblanc said: “It should be very apparent that BV approval is not issued lightly. The DPDS application has met our stringent criteria to demonstrate compliance in principle with the BV additional class notation DDPS (Digital Dynamic Positioning Survey). The quality, detail and security of the transferred data have to meet our exacting standards, and we’re satisfied to confirm that the KM DPDS application fulfils its function admirably.”

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