Seacat Services adopts BareFLEET
Seacat Services, has installed the BareFLEET system, an advanced remote monitoring system developed by Reygar, across its fleet of fourteen class-certified catamarans.
The system will give Seacat Services an unprecedented level of insight into the operational performance of its vessels, enabling progressive safety and technical availability gains that benefit crews, clients and the wider industry.
‘Digitalisation’ of operational practices, coupling remote data collection with advanced monitoring, is gaining pace as offshore wind firms throughout the supply chain aim to keep tabs on the performance of project critical infrastructure, optimise O&M and construction procedures, extend asset lifetimes and bring down the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).
To date, much of this investment in digital technologies has been focused on turbines and transmission, but there is now an emphasis on leading OESV operators to match this level of sophistication with more advanced vessel monitoring approaches that enhance the value of the vital service they deliver. While monitoring of key variables such as vessel motion, vibration, navigation and engine performance is common practice, increasing the efficiency of reporting, and pulling this performance data into one place, is essential to inform more effective fleet-wide decision making.
All fourteen vessels in the Seacat Services fleet have been fitted with an ‘always-on’ data connection. The BareFLEET system has now been integrated with existing sensors and equipment and will be used to monitor key variables, including navigation data, vessel motion and the performance of engines and other critical machinery.
Seacat Services will be able to view a live feed of this data from its Fleet Operations Centre in Cowes, allowing the business to keep tabs at all times on the performance of its vessels in the field. Critical alerts – such as an engine alarm – will be flagged instantly to shore-based personnel, leading to immediate action.
As the volume of data collected by the system increases, Seacat Services will conduct trend analysis, condition monitoring and preventative maintenance, enabling the operations team to detect and address developing faults in critical components before they result in failure or unscheduled vessel downtime.
“We’ve seen the wide-ranging benefits that digitalisation of operations has had for turbine owners and operators – and it’s time for the vessel market to follow suit by showing a commitment to matching these higher operational standards,” said Ian Baylis, Managing Director, Seacat Services.
By Jake Frith
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