ABS Issues Software Quality Assessment in Asia Pacific
ABS has issued the first Integrated Software Quality Management (ISQM) Product Design Assessment (PDA) Certificate in the Asia-Pacific region for Industrial Control Systems software to Singapore-based Excel Marco, a solutions provider for process automation and safety systems for the marine and offshore industries. The SPCP assess 81 requirements and best practices to improve delivered software quality and integrity. Excel Marco is ISO 9001: 2015 certified, so implementing the SPCP process is straightforward because it takes a similar approach to software integrity assessments. Policies and procedures are reviewed, and personnel are interviewed to ensure compliance to policy.
ABS Assesses Offshore Asset Cybersecurity
Increased Internet and remote connectivity to offshore assets has exposed industrial control systems to targeted attacks and vulnerabilities previously obscured. Remote monitoring, remote upgrades, Internet connections and the complexity/criticality of the systems in general on Drillships, FPSO’s, Semisubmersibles and other highly valuable assets potentially facilitate targeted attacks and cyber assaults on Dynamic Positioning, Drilling Control, BOP and other control systems. ABS Group is directly responding to these threats by offering standards based security assessments specifically for newbuilds, operating assets and retiring assets, performed by certified security practitioners with offshore experience.
Dolphin Drilling to Receive the First ISDS Class Notation
“With the diagnostics and remote access that is being built into our rigs now, it is really important that software integrity is flawless,” said CEO Ivar Brandvold of Fred. Olsen Energy ASA. “Our analysis indicates that applying the ISDS class notation can easily save USD 6-20 million by avoiding the delays caused by the need to re-work software,” said Rolf Benjamin Johansen, the director of operations at software integration for DNV maritime and energy. “In fact, this range is conservative as it does not include avoided costs. Being on schedule avoids propagating supply-chain costs and loss of brand reputation. The ISDS notation focuses on how to set up and run a project and how to develop quality assurance processes that will last throughout the vessel’s lifetime.
DNV GL Acquires Marine Cybernetics
DNV GL, a ship and offshore classification society and technical risk service providers, has acquired Marine Cybernetics, a company for third-party testing of computer control systems. The acquisition expands DNV GL’s scope of services in the offshore and maritime industries. Marine Cybernetics was established in 2002 as a spin-off from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Based in Trondheim, Norway, the company introduced the concept of Hardware-In-the Loop-Testing (HIL) to the maritime and offshore industries.
DNV Launches Synergi RBI Software
Managing onshore and offshore assets has previously demanded multiple risk-based inspection (RBI) software tools, increasing operator cost and reducing efficiency. With the new release of DNV Software’s Synergi Plant, which has integration with Synergi RBI, operators can use one complete quantitative risk assessment system, moving from subjective to objective decision making and from preventive to predictive maintenance. DNV Software is now launching the new Synergi Plant, bringing RBI software to a new level, where integrity management of process plants and offshore topsides can be achieved by one complete and integrated solution through integration with Synergi RBI Onshore and Synergi RBI Offshore.
Baltic Exchange Sets Out New Code of Conduct
The Baltic Exchange said it will introduce a new code of conduct for shipowners, charterers and shipbrokers using the physical shipping and freight derivatives markets.Following a detailed review of the current arrangements led by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright with oversight by the Baltic Exchange Council and the Baltic Membership Council, the New Baltic Code has been drafted to bring together a set of principles and business practices which will be applicable to not only Baltic Exchange members, but also the wider market.
MN 100: ABS
Since its founding in 1862, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a New York registered not-for-profit corporation, has been committed to setting standards for safety and excellence as one of the world’s leading classification societies. Today, ABS brings together the latest technical solutions and best-in-class services to meet the growing regulatory, safety and environmental stewardship needs of its members and clients. With nearly 4,000 employees operating in 200 offices across 70 countries around the world…
Synergi Plant gets New Dashboard
Synergi Plant version 5.2, the latest DNV GL plant integrity software solution, has now been released. It includes a brand new user interface and several new modules including a flexible and powerful KPI and graphics dashboard. “The industry is looking for transparency of asset integrity conditions. With the new Synergi Plant dashboard this has become reality,” says Tommy Tang, Product Manager Plant Integrity Software at DNV GL. “Our brand new dashboard gives unprecedented flexibility and makes Synergi Plant unique in the market.
Shell First to Install Hull Integrity System Onboard
Shell International Trading and Shipping Company (Shell) has become the first ship operator to install Lloyd’s Register’s Hull Integrity system onboard one of its managed vessels, the 134,487 cubic metre Nigeria LNG gas carrier, LNG Rivers - a Bonny Gas Transport (BGT) owned vessel. In the next few months, the software will also be installed on sister ships LNG Sokoto and LNG Bayelsa, which are also owned by BGT. Hull Integrity is a new service from Lloyd’s Register that helps owners and operators to manage the structural integrity of their ships. It enables them to demonstrate that sound structural inspection programs are being employed, using well-trained staff who are given the tools to identify what to look for and how to report it. • user-friendly software for recording and analysis.
New Synergi Pipeline Software Enables GIS Integration
DNV GL Software’s new release of Synergi Pipeline software includes Geographic Information System (GIS) integration, providing pipeline operators better analyses and decision-making based on geographically referenced and visualized data via the web interface. Obtaining and managing correct and valid information about a pipeline’s risk and condition, including linked geographic information, is a constant challenge in integrity management. Synergi Pipeline, DNV GL’s pipeline integrity management and risk assessment software solution…
Expro’s Well Integrity Solution SafeWells on Show at ICoTA
International oilfield services company, Expro is officially launching its well integrity software solution at this year’s SPE ICoTA European Well Intervention Conference, in Aberdeen. SafeWells is a software solution specifically developed by Expro as an effective well integrity data management system, which monitors and reports on well integrity performance. SafeWells has been recognised at the World Oil Awards, held recently in Houston. SafeWells was a finalist in the ‘Best Data Management & Application Solution’ category – raising the technology’s visibility to an international level.
LR Acquires Capstone Engineering
Lloyd’s Register Americas, Inc. has acquired Capstone Engineering Services, Inc. and Capstone Software Systems, Inc. The acquisition will be renamed Lloyd’s Register Capstone, Inc. and will strengthen the Lloyd’s Register Group’s integrity services business and provide its oil and gas business with a broader base in the Americas. With the addition of Capstone software, RBMI, the Lloyd’s Register Group strengthens its position by enhancing its world-class, risk and asset management services, and its client-focused, software solutions. Capstone, a Houston-based company, has been helping clients improve process plant reliability and equipment integrity by providing a set of integrated consulting services and the most comprehensive risk-based inspection (RBI) software on the market.
Unicom Signs for LR’s Hull Integrity Service
Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd., the ship management arm of Russian national shipowner Sovcomflot, became the first tanker operator to sign up multiple ships to Lloyd’s Register’s new Hull Integrity service. Unicom has enrolled 17 of its tankers in Hull Integrity, from its Bridge class and Sea class fleets. Both series of ships are 47,000 dwt product and chemical carriers. The deal was sealed following the launch of Hull Integrity at the Posidonia exhibition in Piraeus, Greece in June. Hull Integrity aims to help owners and operators to manage their vessels’ hull structural integrity. The service comprises of three elements which enable a ship’s crew to undertake hull inspections in a systematic and auditable manner: training in how to carry out inspections…
DNV GL Offers Barrier Management Solution
With the latest release of the QHSE software solution Synergi Life, DNV GL offers a new Barrier Management module with an integrated system of live bowties and barrier dashboards, for updates and monitoring. The holistic approach offers a unique way of collecting and consolidating information from both proactive and reactive sources to generate more complete and updated decision support tools, DNV GL said. With the new module users can rapidly track changing risks, preventive barriers and mitigations, leading to improved decision-making in order to secure stable, safe and predictable operations. “Our customers operate in high-risk environments and have expressed a need to understand and document their barrier status…
Humboldt First in Latin America to Implement NS5 Software
Humboldt Shipmanagement Ltda. Becomes First in Latin America to Implement ABS Nautical Systems’ NS5 software to a Tugboat Fleet. Humboldt Shipmanagement Ltda., which handles ship management services for various fleets, including oil, gas and chemical tankers has expanded their use of the NS5 Maintenance & Repair software to its fleet of 25 tugboats. “We’ve seen the benefits of this product on our other fleets and believe it has the capabilities to be successful on our tugs,” said Renato Cortes, IT Project Manager for Humboldt Shipmanagement, Ltda. “Tugboats are confined spaces so the implementation has been much more involved. Having used the software on their tanker fleet since 2002…
Aker Solutions Acquires I.D.E.A.S
Aker Solutions acquired UK specialist engineering company International Design Engineering And Services Ltd (I.D.E.A.S) to boost its asset integrity management services. Glasgow, Scotland-based I.D.E.A.S. has developed software and technology that is designed to improve the quality and accuracy of integrity and life time analysis for oil and gas assets. The analysis can be applied in all phases of the development of an installation, from design through construction, operation and life extension. "This technology strengthens our offering of asset integrity management services," said Tore Sjursen, head of Aker Solutions' maintenance and modifications business. "It can be used to predict the lifetime of an installation in a more effective manner.
Saab and Trimble to Integrate Solutions for DGPS Transmissions
Trimble and Saab TransponderTech AB are cooperating to integrate their differential GPS (DGPS) solutions for enhanced marine navigation. Saab and Trimble will integrate their marine navigation solutions to deliver DGPS error correction messages to ships at sea through automatic identification system (AIS) coast stations and networks. The DGPS messages transmitted on AIS frequencies will augment the existing marine DGPS broadcasts from coastal beacon stations. The two companies are collaborating to develop interfaces connecting Saab's AIS and Vessel Tracking Management & Information System (VTMIS) with Trimble DGPS reference station and integrity monitoring software.
Skipper: New Support Tools for Acoustic Products
Skipper released the new support tool for all technicians serving acoustic products. The Skipper ETT985 is a combined echo sounder simulator, transducer tester and NMEA tester, in a single handheld unit. This tool allows the technician to test both the acoustical functions of the Echo Sounder and Transducers. The ETT985 has a built-in rechargeable battery. The simulator will measure the transmitted pulse and replying with either the same pulse or a user defined pulse. In conjunction with the systems data bulletin an integrity test of the Echo Sounder unit can be performed in minutes.
Shanghai Ocean Shipping Order GL HullManager Sofware
GL Maritime Software gets its first order from China for its hull integrity management software. One of the many ship management tools developed by GL Maritime Software, the maritime software business of the GL Group, GL HullManager is a software and service package for ship owners, managers and operators. It supports the complete hull integrity process, from inspections to reporting and condition assessments of tanks, cargo holds and coatings, throughout its entire lifecycle by means of crew inspections and thickness measurements.
Hyper Connectivity: The Risks and Rewards
The maritime industry is becoming more connected – at sea, on land and in between. This trend has given rise to a cyber-enabled fleet that continues to adopt greater levels of automation and operational complexity. For the end user, the benefits of modern shipping are multiple. For the ship owner or operator, however, every incremental advance of technology creates new entry points for risk. In this hyper-connected era, defending against the introduction of new risks as technology changes demands a recommitment to systems engineering and…
DNV’s Hull Integrity System Now Integrated with AMOS
DNV and AMOS system supplier SpecTec have launched an all-in-one planned inspection and maintenance system for ship structures. AMOS is a system that crew and management are already familiar with, and in combination with DNV’s Hull Integrity Management system, the software’s accessibility further simplifies inspection planning, reporting and monitoring. The new combined application uses the DNV vessel-specific hull inspection forms and procedures that come as part of the Hull Integrity Management (HIM) system. The easy-to-use software has unique 3D inspection and reporting functionality that helps with the early detection of defects so they can be dealt with before they lead to costly off-hire time.
ABS Expands Cybersecurity Guidance
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, unveiled the first comprehensive cybersecurity certification and optional notations for marine and offshore assets and facilities at the SMM (Shipbuilding, Machinery, Marine) bi-annual international maritime trade fair. Introduced in early 2016, the ABS CyberSafety series is the industry’s first risk-based management program for asset owners to apply best practice approaches to cybersecurity, automated systems safety, data integrity and software verification.
Teekay Implements Bunker Procurement Software
Bunker Logistics, a provider of bunker procurement software, announced the successful implementation of its BunkerDashboard Bunker Procurement Software at Teekay Shipping Corporation. By automating the procurement process and integrating it with robust tools, the solution helps users and distributed teams improved their knowledge base, collaborative efforts, productivity and performance. Additionally, the BunkerDashboard helps in supplier management, claim monitoring, improving reporting and trending while adding data integrity and security. “The industry is changing – higher prices, more regulations, lesser quality of fuel, environmental concerns all combine to make it more important to implement a solution to help manage and measure bunker purchases and performance, said Mitchell J.