ABS publishes guidance on reduced manning for offshore assets

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(HOUSTON) — Guidance on the technology, systems and regulations needed for minimizing human presence on offshore facilities has been published by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

“Reduced Manning on Offshore Facilities” introduces some of the considerations essential for remotely operating floating facilities from a control center located nearby or onshore. To enable reduced manning without compromising safety, real-time monitoring, control automation and maintenance procedures incorporating remote diagnostics and simulations with minimal human intervention will be required.

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“By utilizing new technologies, the number of personnel on board offshore assets can be reduced, minimizing personnel exposure and potentially reducing overall capital and operating costs. Since a significant reduction in manning is a fundamental shift for the industry, it needs to be completed carefully so that safety is not compromised,” said Matt Tremblay, ABS senior vice president, global offshore. “As the industry continues to explore and implement approaches for reduced manning on offshore facilities, ABS is working with leading players on advanced remote and autonomous technology projects. This means we are well placed to assist the industry with the safe adoption of this technology.”

Download a copy of the guidance here.

– American Bureau of Shipping

By Professional Mariner Staff