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November 2016


BY Pierre Mouchès

Offshore Business Development Manager,
Middle East and Caspian Sea

Yeh-Sheng KuanWith 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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Pioneering advantage

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Mutawa Marine Works

Captain Amin Haroun Rashid,
General Manager

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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.

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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.

Cyber Security: from digital attack to digital defense

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Bureau Veritas Marine &Offshore has started a new approach to safeguard clients assets and data from cyber-attack. The increasing use of digital technology on board ships and offshore platforms, such as complex integrated systems, IT infrastructures, data collection, remote access and also low security awareness of personnel; make them the most vulnerable target to cybercrime.

The attack could be in form of data theft and kidnap or sabotage of operation. Professional/amateur hacker, insider/outsider, criminal or terrorist, all can be motivated by either money, hands on business or intellectual data, ego or revenge.

The threat is real and growing. Loss or damage of Dynamic Positioning Systems, navigation and communication equipment, cargo management system, subsea, drilling and other production control systems can put people lives as well as installation itself in danger.

While the number of known cyber-attacks in Marine & Offshore remains low –often go unnoticed by victims- their existence can no longer be ignored. Acknowledging the threat makes the security of critical systems a key priority for national authorities, government as well as all projects stakeholders. Safety, reliability and availability assessments are already standard practice in the industry, considered vital to operations. Now security assessment is to be added to the list.

Bureau Veritas independent 3rd party end-to-end services help clients worldwide to ensure their systems and organization are immune to vulnerabilities and threats.

The approach comprises 3 main steps: Identify to protect, detect to mitigate, and recover to improve. It includes security governance (security management and risk analysis), hardware & software advanced security audit, implements a treatment plan and change management plan. It also helps all stakeholders to agree on a common strategy to develop optimized cyber practices.

The result is a win-win solution that helps companies be more innovative and reduce costs while increasing security and gaining more control over onboard systems.

Spotlight on Middle East FSRUs

Offshore regasification terminals (FSRUs) have won fast acceptance in the Middle East. With two FSRUs currently based in Egypt, another two in operation in UAE and three in other countries in the region, the Middle East is one of the most active regions in the world for this type of technology.

FSRUs have many advantages compared to similar onshore plants. They offer lower CAPEX – typically as little as a fifth of that required for an onshore terminal. Less time spent on permitting issues means the unit is up and running sooner. In addition, it reduces environmental impact and can be relocated at the end of a project. Together, these factors have contributed to the success of offshore regasification terminals.

But FSRUs also present a key challenge. If the technology used onboard FSRUs comes from onshore applications, its use in a different environment brings many new constraints and requires a specific risk assessment. To meet this challenge and help operators gain confidence in their assets, Bureau Veritas has developed guidelines for the qualification of new technologies (BV NI 525) and is continuously developing new classification notations.

With 50 years of experience in the LNG industry, Bureau Veritas has been at the forefront of offshore gas development. It has unrivalled experience, having classed the first offshore gas liquefaction barge (FLNG) to be constructed as well as around half the global FSRU fleet.


New developments presented at Software Seminar

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On September 8, 2016, Bureau Veritas held its Software Seminar, an event that brought together 40 participants representing part of Bureau Veritas software users in Europe. Experts presented the latest developments in the most commonly used Bureau Veritas software: Ariane, Hydrostar, Homer, VeriSTAR Hull, VeriSTAR Stability and Optimise©. They also introduced software developed by Tecnitas and HydrOcean Subsidiaries. Attendees took part in fruitful discussions, enabling Bureau Veritas to gain feedback from all users and adapt its plans for future developments.

News in brief...

AFTER A 17-MONTH CONVERSION BY SINGAPORE'S Bumi Armada and Keppel Shipyards, the BV-Class LNG floating storage unit Armada LNG Mediterrana arrived in Malta on October 10th. She is expected to be used for several years to help the island nation generate power from gas.

VESSEL DATA AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Bureau Veritas’ My VeriSTAR mobile application launched in June this year has now been used by more than 2300 users. The My VeriSTAR app enables clients to monitor their fleets of BV-classed units and stay informed of the current status of the unit. It is the perfect digital tool to locate the unit, request a survey or gain access to the latest inspection reports.

Extending the life of assets

In an economically constrained environment, where O&G operators seek to reduce spending, life extension is an attractive option that enables an asset to achieve value over a longer period of time. It comes to the fore when an asset is close to reaching the end of its design life. It takes account of ageing: the process whereby a piece of equipment suffers some form of material degradation or damage associated with time in operation. In a life extension project, the increasing likelihood of failure over an asset’s lifetime is of real concern. Operating an asset beyond its initial design life therefore depends on defined processes for assessing the asset condition, its future operations, and its current and potential future degradations.  A work scope supporting extension in term of inspection, maintenance and repair, testing, modifications and fitness for service must also be developed.

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For offshore floating units, the whole process is subject to Class Society review and approval. For fixed platforms, local regulations may impose specific requirements. In the UK, life extension is considered a significant change to the Safety Case with a need to produce a dedicated Life Extension Safety Case in liaison with the appointed Independent Verification Body. In the Netherlands, the life extension assessment of the jacket only has to be performed by the Duty Holder and reviewed by an independent third party.

Virtually all types of assets whether fixed or floating are subject to ageing. For equipment which can be maintained, life extension will also be conditioned by the availability of spares and in-depth assessment of obsolescence threats should be carried out. Thanks to a wide experience in life extension assessment, Bureau Veritas can provide support in identifying potential obstacles to life extension and perform gap analysis when necessary. It can also assess existing and future degradations and life extension plan.

Bureau Veritas services encompass desktop review, independent analyses, and condition assessment surveys on site, which may involve non-destructive testing and measurements of stress using strain gauge where required. Supporting technologies like drones, robots or ROVs can help inspect areas with difficult access (flare, tank, below the hull), and improve safety of delivery (confined space, work at height). They can also maximize the economic value with quicker performance and improved quality and quantity of reliable data.