LOC, the premier international marine and engineering consulting firm, is pleased to announce it has seen strong adoption of its remote Dynamic Positioning (“DP”) trials service, since its launch in early June. This unique offer has been readily adopted by a number of clients, including Helix Energy Solutions, Crystal Pool and Gardline.

The remote dynamic inspection service enables clients to meet DP systems compliance efficiently, quickly and cost effectively by removing the need for an external surveyor to attend on site. The service was initially launched as a solution to the COVID crisis, but it is recognised the benefits apply equally at other times.

The programme has been developed by LOC’s in-house dynamic positioning (DP) specialists, ensuring that clients receive the same level of precision, technical knowhow, and expertise as LOC’s traditional ‘in-person’ DP offering. It offers 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.

The remote service combines LOC’s established practical field experience in DP, with integrated technology. The use of technology enables continuous, real time remote monitoring, with the trials undertaken by the vessel, in the usual way. Where real time data communication is difficult, data is recorded, and the trail extended to allow proper review. Recoded data also enables LOC to offer clients additional onboard staff training, through live examples.

The remote dynamic positioning (DP) inspection service is available to clients from all of LOC’s worldwide offices. Furthermore, LOC is continuing to resource physical vessel surveys, on-site attendances, offshore and onshore via its global network of specialist consultants based across 191 locations and 55 countries.

Marc Walden, QHSE Manager at Helix Energy Solutions, said:

“The flexibility of approach and innovation in conducting the trials remotely allowed us to meet our own and our clients vessel assurance requirements whilst meeting the standard as set out within IMCA guidance for our offshore construction vessels in a very challenging situation”

Commenting, Sen Abhayasinghe, Group Technical Authority for DP Services at LOC Group, said:

“We are delighted by the take up of this offer among clients. The benefits, in terms of time and cost are clear, and the rapid rate of the new programme’s adoption is a reflection of LOC’s respected and established expertise in the DP inspection arena. While it was initially launched as a solution to travel limitations during the COVID crisis, it is also clear the benefits apply equally at more normal times of operations.”