First remote survey for harbour tug

'PSA Aspen'A remote marine survey has been carried out for PSA Marine’s ‘PSA Aspen’ LNG harbour tug. Photo: PSA Marine

Bureau Veritas Marine Singapore (BV) has successfully completed a milestone remote marine survey in collaboration with PSA Marine for an LNG dual fuel PSA Marine harbour tug.

Supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the survey for PSA Aspen marks the first time a harbour tug registered under the Singapore Registry of Ships has undergone a fully accredited annual survey conducted remotely, without a surveyor physically present onboard the vessel.

“We are delighted to partner with BV in piloting the first remote annual marine survey for harbour tugs in Singapore,” said Peter Chew, managing director of PSA Marine. “The innovative technologies used in the remote survey have enabled PSA Marine to complete our surveys on schedule despite COVID-19, while ensuring our harbour tugs continue serving our customers without delay or disruptions.”

PSA Marine has been working with BV to innovate and develop new approaches for digital and remote marine surveys based on BV’s expertise in this field. 

With the aid of smart mobile devices and an optimised live-streaming application, the crew onboard PSA Aspen and a surveyor in BV’s Singapore office, were able to communicate effectively and seamlessly to conduct the annual marine survey of classification and statutory requirements. The BV surveyor conveyed instructions live, seeing and recording relevant images and real-time video, while archiving material capability for the electronic survey report.

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