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Offshore Service Vessels

Offshore Service Vessels are some of the most versatile and sophisticated in the industry. Bureau Veritas’ classification and value-add services support innovation and safety.

Innovation for a fast-moving industry

Whether they serve traditional oil and gas projects or fast-growing offshore wind industry, Offshore Service Vessels (OSVs) must be efficient, resilient and high-performance. Owners seek energy-efficient designs, and features that enable fast, safe transfer of personnel and provide comfort on board.  They also need to ensure onboard equipment is safe, and meets regulatory requirements. Finally, owners and charterers need to be sure that vessels are fit for a specific purpose.

Bureau Veritas offers services to identify and manage risks, and optimize costs for your offshore service vessel. Our active role in development of regulations ensures we offer the most up-to-date industry standards.
 

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CLASSIFICATION FOR A WIDE RANGE OF OSVS 

Bureau Veritas offers an extensive range of class notations for offshore service vessels. Our services cover all offshore activities, from pre-construction to decommissioning. Such notations include, survey vessels, IMR, crew boat, and many more.  

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ALTERNATIVE PROPULSION FOR IMPROVED EFFICIENCY 

OSVs operate on a wide spectrum of power demand, leading owners to optimize performance across operational modes. A popular solution for shipowners is adopting electric or hybrid propulsion supported by dedicated class notations. Bureau Veritas’ unequaled market share in gas fueled vessels proves our expertise in reviewing design and operational criteria, and ensuring safe, efficient onboard implementation.

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OPTIMIZING DP PERFORMANCE

Bureau Veritas works to optimize the operational performance of OSVs with dynamic positioning systems. These allow data to be collected from vessels at sea and transmitted to onshore engineers for analysis and optimization.

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CERTIFICATION OF SPECIALIZED OPERATION 

For those OSVs engaged in specific operations, such as diving or heavy lifting, Bureau simplifies these operations by defining dedicated notations and requirements. These notations help ensure that performance targets are achievable, while remaining within the safety limits.

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SERVICE OPERATION VESSELS 

Bureau Veritas’ classification rules for service operation vessels (SOVs) support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. Innovative walk-to-work access systems and motion compensated gangways ensure safe transfer of personnel. To improve on board circumstances, Bureau Veritas also offers a Comfort notation for ships offering reduced noise and vibration.

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DIGITALIZATION AND CYBER RISKS 

Numerous on board systems – including essential safety systems – are now computerized. Given this change, the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) issued the Unified Requirement (UR) E22, to ensure the reliability of digital systems. As the shipping industry leans further into connectivity, Bureau Veritas has developed specific cyber security programs to ensure safe transfer of data between ships and onshore support centers.

MOORING & DYNAMIC POSITIONING (DP)

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