25 March 2022
The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technologies for the shipping industry. The use of innovative tools and technologies can overcome border restrictions; for instance, with remote surveys and inspections, surveyors do not have to be physically present on-site or on board a vessel; instead, surveyors can now provide support, anytime, anywhere, with the use of the online connection, video streaming and other digital tools.
The remote survey can be a cost-effective way to gather initial information from the scene of an incident. It helps to establish the baseline conditions, especially those that are visible. However, ground-truthing requires SMEs to visit the site better to understand the interaction between machines and the human element. The remote survey cannot quickly establish such intangible interactions and causative factors.
High-definition and camera-equipped drones are becoming more commonly used for external vessel inspections. This is highly efficient as vessel downtime for inspection is significantly reduced. However, drones cannot fully replace the experience and expertise of a subject matter expert. Depending on the situation, a consultant like BMT can tap into its global network of surveyors and a wide range of innovative tools for asset review, monitoring and training purposes, providing consistent quality to its clients 24/7, 365 days a year. For instance, using a navigational simulator to train, plan and prepare users on how to manoeuvre at sea or other restricted waters; or a cloud-based solution to track your vessels in real-time and gives you the power to make informed decisions.
Like the Internet of Things (IoT) for smart cities, technology can be deployed to collect, store, manage, integrate, process, analyse and present vast data quickly to help you monitor and manage your assets. While BMT Deep has proven its mettle for offshore Oil & Gas installations, the application is now being extended to serve ports and marine surveys.
In an independent ranking of the performance of 43 cities offering port and shipping business services done by the Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development (ISCD) Index, Singapore emerges as the top maritime centre for the eighth consecutive year. The release issued by the Baltic Exchange elaborated that Singapore is the ultimate location in the 2021 ranking due to the size of its port, the number of internationally focused shipbrokers, financiers, lawyers and insurers based here its supportive government policies.
We see Singapore as a regional hub to support its global clients by extending its expertise and experiences in marine surveys and other marine consultancy services (such as vessel design, maritime engineering, risk & safety and investment support) to the rest of Asia.
The adoption of digital solutions in mainstream shipping and surveying acts as proof towards companies seeking management and business efficiencies and aiming for economic sustainability or proving that they are at least trying to be future-proof. As a science, technology, and engineering company, BMT uses its wealth of knowledge and expertise to help our customers respond to global challenges across renewable energy, climate resilience, resource use, biodiversity, and emissions reduction. We are also supporting organisations to transform their sustainability approach so they can be more responsible, competitive, and better positioned for the future.
Whilst numerous digital transformation programmes successfully deliver technological change, persuading stakeholders to embrace and fully exploit the new tools and functionality they will have at their disposal can be an uphill battle.
Our national survey helped to understand more about the public’s experience when engaging with their local police forces. It highlights the importance of public education and sharing information around newer digital communications tools for reporting incidents and managing enquiries.
Our innovation has helped us to overcome new challenges and quickly adopt new ways of working to deliver world-class solutions in a post-COVID world. And a perfect example of this was the BlueScope Coal-Train Unloading Automation Project, in which our experts were tasked with designing, supplying, installing and commissioning an electrical and computing system to unload coal from trains at the BlueScope steel smelter at Port Kembla in New South Wales, Australia.
To ensure that the platform's integrity is maintained during a hurricane, measuring the mooring systems and GPS data can provide remote operators confidence that the platform is upright and on location.