MARINE WARRANTY: RIGHT TEAM, RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT SUPPORT
Bureau Veritas’ subsidiary MatthewsDaniel is one of the leading providers of Marine Warranty Services (MWS). During the past year our volume of business has increased thanks to an uptick locally. To serve our clients, however, we need a strong support structure. At MatthewsDaniel, our robust internal systems enable us to provide full support to our MWS Surveyors. We can match client needs with suitably experienced personnel for each job requirement while fulfilling all health, safety and security requirements.
This is an important asset, as organization and delivery of high quality MWS has become steadily more difficult to organize as a result of increased travel restrictions, security threats and health and safety requirements for personnel.
Visa requirements are becoming more onerous, with applications becoming longer, more complex and costly. For example, different types of visa may be required for onshore or offshore attendances. A different party may be required to submit the application according to specific job type. Moreover, certain countries will deny access to individuals with valid visas, if they have recently visited countries not in favor with the visa issuing country. And once a visa has been obtained, security passes are often required. Based on client or State requirements, these are not always straightforward to obtain. Traveling to other countries with changing rules and requirements makes continuity of service ever more difficult.
Increased threats of terrorism and conflict also complicate delivery. We are continually monitoring the risk in all surrounding countries and in specific areas within higher risk nations at a corporate and country manager level. Throughout the region, the ebb and flow of conflict between and within countries is changing continually, as is terrorist activity, which may revolve around multiple threats or a large single event.
Finally, we are seeing an increase in health and safety requirements. In addition to standard industry requirements, such as PPE, OPITO approved BOSIET, H2S and First Aid certificates, an increasing number of clients demand that their own bespoke course or certification is attained. This may require more regular updating or renewal than the industry standard. Offshore Medicals are also moving away from the normal industry accepted form and becoming more stringent in their content, sometimes including tighter age restrictions.
Thanks to our improved logistical capabilities within the region, strengthened by access to the full Bureau Veritas network, MatthewsDaniel is well placed to meet all these requirements and our clients needs as well as ensuring our personnel fly home safe !
LEVERAGING ON FPSO EXPERTISE
Bureau Veritas is supporting many clients with innovative solutions to cut the build time and cost of offshore projects. Approval in Principle and Basic Design Review for several FPSO and innovative Power Plant designs have been recently performed.
The designs are reviewed within the scope of Basic Design Approval, in accordance with Bureau Veritas procedures. This Basic Design Approval covers the hull, as well as structures supporting both topsides and offshore systems. Bureau Veritas also performed its own independent strength assessment, checking compliance with BV Rules criteria. The approach has become common practice for innovative projects.
Over the years, Bureau Veritas has built up valuable experience in FPSO behavior in all types of sea environment, thanks to its provision of technical assistance to around half the world’s existing FPSOs. Stateofthe-art tools like VeriSTAR Hull (Rule strength and Fatigue analysis) and HOMER (first principles hydro-elasticity coupling Strength and Fatigue analysis) are continuously maintained and improved to support .
both second and third party activities.
In Classification, Bureau Veritas brings added value with independent analysis and shared expertise. As a result, many clients have chosen to strengthen their co-operation with Bureau Veritas, in systematically requesting Approvals in Principle for future novel concepts.
AIM PUBLICATION SUPPORTS LIFE EXTENSION OF JACKET STRUCTURES
In April, Bureau Veritas released its information note related to “Risk-Based Structural Integrity Management of Offshore Jacket Structures”. This provides guidance on risk assessment using qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative approaches and covering sets of platforms, individual platforms or even structural members.
At a time when most existing offshore platforms have reached or exceeded their design life, the guidance stresses the importance of integrity management of structures, particularly in the case of mature assets.
Integrity management encompasses not only structures but also static pressure equipment, pipelines, rotating machines, electrical equipment and instrumentation. Any piece of equipment that fails can pose major threats to people, the environment, the asset or production. As such, it must be properly inspected and maintained, with frequency of inspection suited to the equipment’s likelihood of failure.
For ageing assets, integrity management supports late life decisions needed for life extension for example. Bureau Veritas has extensive experience in life extension of jacket structures, which can undergo periodical certification. Many offshore operators are also using risk-based inspection methodologies to extend the life of their pressure systems. Integrity management results in safer and more efficient management of operations – and ultimately lower costs.
HIGH-LEVEL ENGINEERING FROM HYDROCEAN AND TECNITAS
The Services Department delivers engineering, assistance and risk services that lie outside classification. This department includes subsidiaries Tecnitas and HydrOcean and Departments specialised in Risks, Relaibility, Maintenance (RRM) and Measurements (VLM). The first is an expert in Structure, the second, in Hydrodynamics and Aerodynamic. With a strong focus on research and development, they work to improve key engineering services for Designers, Oil Majors and Yards at every phase of a project. They took part in several CITEPH Projects (R&D projects founded by French major Oil & Gaz companies), and regularly collaborate with companies including Technip, Total, Chevron, Subsea7, SBM Offshore, Exmar and BP to provide high-level engineering services. Research ranges from DP analysis and green water analysis to aerodynamic studies.
Tecnitas and Hydrocean also take part at every stage of a construction project. They perform risk, safety and reliability studies including HAZID & HAZOP workshops, QRA, FERA, EERA and Helideck hot plume evaluation. They have taken part in very high profile projects, like the construction of KAOMBO, for example by performing structural analysis and mooring & design analysis.