(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Increasing focus is being placed on minimizing or removing the human presence on board floating offshore facilities by utilizing remote operations and assistive technologies for monitoring and decision support.
By utilizing new technologies, the number of personnel 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.
Floating facilities with reduced or no personnel on board can be remotely operated from a nearby facility or a control center located onshore. To enable such changes, real-time monitoring, control automation and maintenance procedures incorporating remote diagnostics and simulations with minimal human intervention will be required.
This concept requires detailed consideration of the remote-control center, the communication infrastructure, smart functionalities and potentially leveraging digital twin and simulation technologies.
This paper published by ABS, introduces some of the design considerations, enabling technologies and the existing regulatory framework.
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