An international marine and engineering consulting firm has developed a remote Dynamic Positioning (DP) inspection service to enable users to meet DP systems compliance more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LOC’s remote DP inspection service is an extension of the existing DP inspection offer and enables clients to comply with DP trials, regardless of the current limits on travel to vessels. The offer is based on the use of integrated technology, allowing continuous, real time remote monitoring, with the trials undertaken by the vessel, in the usual way.

Sen Abhayasinghe, group technical authority for DP Services at LOC Group, said: “This offer gives DP ship owners a solution, that is efficient and cost effective, that meets DP trial compliance, during the current travel restrictions and beyond. The system provides a seamless solution that is secure and transparent, while also being flexible and taking account of the commercial needs of the vessel and its owners.”

LOC’s remote offer can be extended to review the recorded trials data where data communication becomes an issue. This approach ensures clients receive the same level of precision, technical knowhow and expertise as LOC’s traditional ‘in person’ DP offer.

The service has the flexibility to cover different technologies, depending on the client’s preference. The test programme can be spread over time to meet the vessel’s needs and to work around commercial and other commitments, such as charters.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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