BY Pierre Mouchès
Offshore Business Development Manager,
Middle East and Caspian Sea
With few signs of market improvement, offshore oil and gas operators continue to focus on tightly managing costs, and on getting the most out of their existing assets. At Bureau Veritas, we are supporting our clients in achieving their objectives during this prolonged period of uncertainty, while putting in place our strategies for a future upturn. These strategies range from asset integrity management strategies to digital solutions that help clients make faster, better decisions. They are designed to drive tangible value for our clients, and help them realize the full benefit of their investment with us. As always, we are working closely with our clients to ensure that their projects are managed in the most cost-efficient and professional manner.
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Mutawa Marine Works
Captain Amin Haroun Rashid,
Way back in 1978, Mutawa Marine sent out its first team of divers on a small specialist offshore underwater assignment for ADNOC. Thirty-eight years later, the company is recognized as one of the main offshore support companies in Abu Dhabi, providing specialized Marine & Diving services to the region’s main oil and gas companies with 25 OSVs.
Captain Amin Haroun Rashid has overseen this expansion as General Manager of Mutawa Marine for the last six years. As a Captain with Merchant Navy background, he joined Mutawa Marine in 2001.
“We are specialists in subsea inspection and maintenance works”, he explains. “We provide the Diving Support Vessel, divers, diving equipment and everything else needed to give our clients the diving support they need in the oilfield.”
This year, Mutawa Marine became the first company in Abu Dhabi to receive a Diving System Safety Certification (DSSC) in accordance with the requirements of IMO Code of Safety For Diving Systems 1995.
“DSSC has not been a requirement in the region until very recently” explains Captain Amin. “We started working on certification with Bureau Veritas for our DSV Mutawa 401, and now have two vessels certified.”
Mutawa Marine has also embarked on class certification of its deck cranes on board vessels, another fairly new requirement in the region: “The classification process usually starts at the crane’s drawing stage. In this case, the crane was built. We had to obtain the original drawings from the manufacturer. Bureau Veritas reviewed these requested changes to the design and we retrofitted the modifications.”
Captain Amin sees these classifications as a competitive advantage. “We have learned a lot with our class society and we are ahead of the market. And our clients really appreciate what we are doing”.
In both these projects, Captain Amin has valued the technical support provided by Bureau Veritas. “I’ve been working with Bureau Veritas for a long time. They are very co-operative and they go the extra mile towards customer satisfaction”.
“Oil companies can’t wait. They need our vessels in the field. With Bureau Veritas, I am assured that the surveyor will be waiting for the vessel to arrive in port, and the certificate will be issued as soon as the work is complete. They help us succeed in a difficult market."
OSVs in the digital era: Who’s in control?
The digital revolution provides opportunities to offshore vessel companies ready to adapt, but also significant challenges as business models will be reinvented.
Technical innovation is primarily driven by advancements in automation, control and energy management. The high level of system integration has made offshore vessels into a system of systems, making extensive use of computerized control systems to enhance operational capabilities. But the increasing complexity and sophistication also induces risks. Independent third party verification of control system and system integration testing are needed to ensure continuous safe, reliable and cost efficient operation throughout the life-cycle.
Smart technology, connecting vessels and equipment to the Internet of Things, is increasingly used to enhance performance and efficiency. Remote vessel monitoring and autonomous vehicles are no longer science fiction.
Real time condition monitoring of on-board systems allows for predictive maintenance strategies and risk based inspection regimes with large cost saving potential. Rolling that out over a connected fleet of assets offers new perspectives on asset integrity management and supply chain efficiency gains. Reliability analysis can also provide effective decision support to ensure that designs are fit-for-purpose by balancing capability, operability and reliability in a total cost-of-ownership context and can also be used to drive fleet management cost optimization. In order to make the new digital opportunities into a success cyber security challenges need to be addressed. A growing toolbox is available to tackle major vulnerabilities, such as data collection and transfer.
Bureau Veritas is supporting clients in navigating the digital transformation process by sharing knowledge and insights, providing risk management services and developing solutions to address the challenges and opportunities. Strong emphasis is put on innovation and partnership so as to ensure that you stay in control.
Bureau Veritas RAM software at Software Seminar
Bureau Veritas is to release a major update to its Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) simulation software Optimise© in November 2016. The new version provides a redesign of the model and simulation core modules. It enables Optimise© to take advantage of multiple core CPUs to simulate several lifecycles at the same time. On computers with many CPU cores, the simulation time for most RAM models will be significantly reduced.
The short-term aim of the redesign for multiple core support is to allow RAM analysts to tackle more complex Full Supply Chain analyses, including Shipping of cargoes with shorter turn around times. In the longer term, the shorter simulation time will allow Optimise© to be extended to simulate some events in greater detail and to enable new event types to be added such as detailed maintenance scheme implementation, as well as weather constraints dependencies.
Bureau Veritas develops Drilling HSE Reference Manual
Bureau Veritas (Abu Dhabi) has successfully developed an HSE Reference Manual for a major Offshore operating company in Abu Dhabi. This HSE manual covers all the company's drilling operations.
Bureau Veritas experts, working in close collaboration with the client, identified and documented the processes that shall be followed by him and its concerned service providers in order to ensure proper understanding and management of HSE aspects associated with drilling operations and services.
The HSE Reference Manual sets the framework for hazard identification and risk assessment, identification of mandatory HSE stipulations for drilling operations at offshore jack-ups and island rigs, and requirements for safety critical / general safety equipment for daily operations. It also includes emergency scenario management, incident notification, reporting and investigation, HSE performance monitoring, waste and effluent management, and hygiene, housekeeping, first aid and PPE requirements.