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September 2016



North Sea Offshore Operations

Yeh-Sheng KuanTechnology is playing an increasingly more important part in the oil & gas industry’s drive to manage costs. The management of masses of data and the use of the resulting information can bring significant gains to the operators and maintainers of oil & gas assets. ONS 2016 will incorporate the ONS Innovation Park, which will have a special focus on the oil and gas industry’s increasing reliance on cutting-edge technology. In this context Bureau Veritas is leading a digital transformation of Asset Integrity Management. The industry is also focusing on standardising and simplifying specifications of equipment, hardware, process and procedures to ensure they are fit for purpose without additional cost imposed by individual company requirements.
Bureau Veritas is engaged with many industry workgroups addressing these critical simplification initiatives.

Come and talk to us at ONS* about how we can help you achieve real operational cost reductions across your assets.

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Mr Kenneth Walland, CEO,
Østensjø Rederi AS

Jean-Philippe CourtHaugesund-based Østensjø Rederi AS is proud of its track record in innovation. “We can be innovative because as a family company, we can take the long view and we have a very short chain of command,” says Kenneth Walland, CEO. He can speak with authority for the long view after over twenty years with Østensjø.

Kenneth has built on his background as a master mariner and experience in the Norwegian Coastguard and Petroleum Safety Directorate, to serve Østensjø as a safety manager, fleet manager, chief operating officer and now CEO. Today he runs a mixed fleet of tugs, OSVs, mooring vessels and accommodation vessels, and the fleet is expanding into wind farm service vessels.

“Having a diverse fleet is a source of strength for us in what is a difficult market,” he says. “With low activity and oversupply of vessels in the offshore energy market, we all face a big financial challenge which forces us to idle some vessels and reduce our headcount. But we are complaining less than most as we are in a good financial position, we have very good people and a very good reputation and track record so we can take what opportunities there are even in this market.”

One opportunity is a contract to service the Statoil LNG terminal at Hammerfest, in the far North of Norway.  “We are building four mooring vessels and three tugs in Spain for that contract,” explains Kenneth. “Both Østensjø and Statoil were keen to develop a low-emission, fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly solution for the tugs. There is a good supply of LNG as fuel on the quay, so we are happy to be leaders in developing dual-fuel escort tugs. Of course it is more investment to build a dual-fuel tug although the fuel costs are lower, but you need a long horizon to justify that. The environmental benefit is the justification.”

The three dual-fuel escort tugs building in Spain are the RAstar 4000 DF design with an LNG installation provided by Wärtsilä. “We chose Bureau Veritas class for these vessels because they have the experience and a cost-effective package and a good presence in Spain. We did a good Hazop on the LNG and the co-operation is working very well so far. We need a class that will push and challenge us and also help us to find practical solutions. It is not easy to fit a dual-fuel installation into a small tug, so we need to work closely with class to achieve it. They have their rules and requirements and we have our needs, and between us with mutual co-operation we will have good vessels in service next year.”

IMO endorses Bureau Veritas harmonised towing stability regulations

Towing operations entail risks which need to be well understood and managed in order to prevent accidents. Stability is one of the key issues, in particular as tugs have become increasingly powerful and manoeuvrable to meet industry demand for higher bollard pull and greater operational capability.

The Bureau Veritas safety guidelines for design, construction and operation of tugs, which were introduced in 2014 as outcome of the SafeTug Joint Industry Project, have set a new standard in the towing industry. The guidelines include a new-energy balance based-stability criterion to prevent capsizing and expand the regulatory framework for escort tugs, including requirements for the acceptance of escort performance simulations.

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The International Maritime Organization has now included these criteria in the planned amendments of the 2008 Intact Stability Code, therewith creating the much needed harmonisation. Although the amendments will enter into force only in 2020, Bureau Veritas will already implement the requirements in its classification rules in 2017.


Offshore Technical Committee

Bureau Veritas’ Offshore Technical Committee gathered in June more  than twenty industry representatives including operators, EPCI contractors, shipyards and offshore equipment manufacturers.

The following subjects were discussed: OSV classification services and IMO news, new rules for the classification of diving systems, research projects and services using CFD, Bureau Veritas Marine Renewable Energy activities, including mooring analysis of floating wind turbine and an update on EU directive, decommissioning projects and services.

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Cutting-edge tool for Arctic offshore industry

The main challenges in design of ice resistant offshore engineering structures are associated with the complexity of ice behaviour and assessment of ice actions. Model basin tests are an essential verification stage of the design procedure, but they require extensive budget, time and experienced personnel. Technip, Bureau Veritas and Cervval have combined their knowledge and experience of offshore, Arctic and IT technologies to develop a cutting-edge ice/structure interaction simulator powered by multi-agent system Ice-MAS (

The need for an ice simulation tool for offshore platform design is twofold. The first is to simulate the ice failure behaviour and ice flow around a fixed or floating platform structure to ensure there is no excessive pile-up and encroachment on the topside facilities. The second is to predict the loadings on the structure, so they can be minimized by design and to check they are consistent with expected severe Arctic environmental conditions. Given the economic and environmental challenges of Arctic developments, any design optimisation that minimizes cost and enhances safety is crucial.

The program builds on methods widely used for the prediction of ice loads exerted on offshore structures and ice behaviour. The validation of Ice-MAS shows a good agreement with both results of experiments in test basin and published results of in-situ measurements.

R&D work will be continued to improve and extend the application of Ice-MAS simulator. In 2016 the group intends to develop and integrate a new module to cover the interaction of offshore units with icebergs.

Why digitize Asset Integrity Management?

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Digitizing Asset Integrity Management does not mean simply changing the way data is collected and stored. It means changing the way we work and the way data is used.

The oil and gas industry is not new to digitalization. For many years, it has been replacing physical and analogue data capture and storage with its newer digital equivalents. In the process it has multiplied many times over the number of sources delivering information and the amount of information collected. But has this vast amount of data made operations safer and more efficient? Has it made assets easier to maintain? Or has the industry simply changed how and where data is stored from paper folders and file cabinets to a server but kept its working mode the same?

Digitalization implies a transformation. It goes beyond conversion of data formats. It needs a completely new mode of working organization. New ways for users to access, store and edit the data. Asset Integrity Management depends on good data and on being able to see that the data forms a complete picture of the asset.  It can only be complete if all asset  protection measures, actions and barriers can be taken into account simultaneously, allowing the personnel in charge of each to be aware of changes done to the others and how can that affect them. At the same time, the system must allow them to zoom out and see the overall impact of changes to the risks to the asset.

The key way to see this is not as data centralization but as collaboration between data and users. The system has to be thought through so that it easily establishes the relationships between data objects and makes them accessible to the users in the most comprehensive way.

With this view in mind, Bureau Veritas is now co-developing with Dassault Systèmes the next generation of Asset Integrity Management System. It is built on a powerful IT platform and a practical experience of offshore Asset Integrity, driven by a deep commitment to make the assets of our clients safer and more cost-effective to maintain.


The 8th COPEDI (Brazil’s Offshore Committee for Research, Development and Innovation) was held in July 2016 at the University of Rio de Janeiro. The forum was focused on technologies for OPEX reduction. More than seventy delegates were split into two parallel workshops: one on cold repairs (bonded instead of welded) for hulls of floating units and another on subsea technologies (ex. inspection and maintenance tools). A list of ideas for future development was generated, some of which will become collaborative research work in the upcoming period.

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COPEDI was initiated by Bureau Veritas on 2011 with the aim of gathering the Brazilian offshore community around the local technological demands in order to promote collaborative research and development. To achieve in-depth discussions, the Technical Forums are organized around very specific subjects selected by the committee members.

Efficient Chemical Risk Management

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Bureau Veritas HSE has developed a web-based software solution to limit the risks of handling chemicals. Named CHESS®, the system helps companies combine, present and distribute information about chemicals and their handling. It ensures that all stakeholders, customers, employees or authorities are in possession of correct and updated information.

A recent control conducted by the Norwegian Environment Agency shows that 60 per cent of the checked Safety Data Sheets contain errors. Bureau Veritas’ CHESS® system can avoid jeopardizing the environment and protect the users of the product, as it is likely that similar error rates would be found in other countries.

Bureau Veritas HSE has for many years offered advisory services to the oil and gas sector, covering risk assessment, REACH Regulation, legal surveillance and environmental issues. The portfolio includes customers from all Scandinavian countries as well as other oil and gas producing countries, and Bureau Veritas’  experts are always updated on relevant national and international legislation.

News in brief...

Damen Shipyards have entrusted the classification of its new 39 m utility vessel to Bureau Veritas. The UV 3911 design provides a 200 sq m work deck and can be equipped with a deck crane, dynamic positioning, oil recovery and buoy laying system, as required. The first two vessels are under construction at Damen Shipyards Sharjah for delivery end 2017.

Bureau Veritas will present a paper on Risk Management for Offshore Floating Units at the IADC Asset Integrity & Reliability Conference in Houston. The paper focuses on the management of risks in projects and floating units in service in the offshore sector. A case study covers the management of gas detectors on a semi-submersible type drilling rig and assessments of their quantities and locations.

Going digital to improve performance

Bureau Veritas is introducing a series of new applications and digital services for maritime professionals. These new solutions will help improve operational efficiency and facilitate daily activities.

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Thanks to the single 3D model of floating assets and vessels created in the design phase on 3D experience Dassault Systèmes platform and connected to all Bureau Veritas calculation software, operators have access to consolidated up-to-date data in a single source of truth. It facilitates construction through all the analysis and design phases, increases traceability in Bureau Veritas tools, and reduces design review time.

Bureau Veritas’ predictive maintenance service powered by its new generation of Asset Integrity Management system will optimize operational performance by reducing safety non-conformities and extending the life of assets. Operators will avoid costly unit downtime and reduce reactive maintenance works thanks to the Digital Twin, a Smart 3D database accompanying the physical asset throughout the life-cycle, with a role-based user-friendly dashboard allowing remote and mobile access.

Bureau Veritas’ new services for cybersecurity, shore connection and embedded software ensure safe delivery of critical services and maintain resilience. Builders and operators can avoid costly detection and dangerous patching in the field by testing complex control systems via Bureau Veritas’ Hardware in the Loop (HIL) test method in real conditions before installing on-board.

A new integrated scheduling solution manages survey requests, delivering the best Bureau Veritas’ expert at the right time anywhere in the world. With their connected devices and smart applications adapted for on-board environment (digital checklist, pre-filled certificates), surveyors will optimize their survey on client’s assets and be able to focus on the most important thing, the quality of service delivery.

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