ABS approves SBM’s AI-powered mooring solution

July 15, 2021
ABS has issued new technology qualification to SBM Offshore’s artificial intelligence-powered Intelligent Agent Mooring Line Integrity Tool.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON ABS has issued new technology qualification to SBM Offshore’s artificial intelligence (AI) powered Intelligent Agent Mooring Line Integrity Tool. This allows the technology to be integrated into offshore systems for the first time.

The tool collects data such as wind speed, FPSO heading, and GPS information and couples this with machine learning approaches to provide the asset owner with continuous feedback on the integrity of its mooring system. The tool can detect potential mooring line failure and location without reliance on a traditional tension monitoring system, thanks to the potential for deeper insight offered by AI techniques.

Matt Tremblay, ABS senior vice president, Global Offshore, said: “This technology enables the continuous monitoring of the integrity of mooring lines and has significant potential to advance safety in the offshore industry.”

Oivind Tangen, SBM Offshore Managing Director, Operations, said: “This achievement is only one example of how SBM Offshore is using digitalization to make meaningful shifts in offshore operations, making them safer, more reliable, and more efficient. It is just the beginning of the application of machine learning in our offshore operations.

“We target the development of intelligent agents into areas where it is challenging to create value from operational data through traditional analytics.”

The tool was evaluated using the framework outlined in the ABS Guidance Notes on Qualifying New Technologies and ABS Guide for Smart Functions for Marine Vessels and Offshore Units.

 Séverine Baudic, Managing Director New Energies and Services of SBM Offshore, added: “Our machine learning capabilities are developing fast, in an agile work environment. We expect a lot to follow through our collaboration with our strategic partner FieldBox.ai. The ultimate objective is to deliver more value to all our clients including the ones in the floating offshore wind market.

“This development is part of a wider ambition to expand our activities by offering digital services to the offshore energy market.”