InterMoor has launched its new Remote Positioning Hub (IM-RPH). The IM-RPH is an innovative positioning system, that allows survey professionals to send navigation commands to an offshore vessel, from the comfort of their onshore base. This week, InterMoor’s Survey and Positioning Department will embark on their second remote positioning trial for a North Sea operator.
Providing remote access, the IM-RPH offers
- Real-time access
Surveyors can control the navigation in real-time from their onshore facilities. Protected by secured firewalls, data circulates between the vessel and the onshore offices, whether it is positioning data or video/audio feeds. Sent from onshore, the commands are received offshore 0.8 seconds later.
- Optimisation of project resources
By reducing the number of survey crew offshore, the system allows not only personnel cost reduction but also minimisation of project delays that could happen due to travel hindrances (including COVID-19 quarantines) or weather events.
- A hybrid solution
With a suitable communications infrastructure, projects can be executed fully remotely. However, the IM-RPH also offers a hybrid solution, whereby shifts can be split. Personnel in the field can provide positioning services during the day and a technician onshore can provide positioning services at night.
- Reactivation of skills and experience
If a senior manager or subject-matter expert, who is generally onshore-based, needs to provide specialist insight into a live project, they can do so from onshore rather than having to go offshore, thereby reactivating that skill and making full use of their experience. It allows highly skilled personnel to be easily brought into a project for feedback and expert insight.
- Reduced carbon footprint
Reducing the number of offshore survey crew eliminates the carbon emissions from helicopter rides as well as transportation to ports and airports to send them there. It also reduces the carbon footprint from other resources (such as food and board) that would need to be used to accommodate personnel during their stay.
The new IM-RPH allows InterMoor to provide positioning services to their clients remotely. It applies to various types of projects, from heading control to drillship positioning and can be transferred to rig moving, mooring projects and other sectors like renewables such as floating wind.
Steven Strathie, Survey and Positioning Manager, InterMoor Ltd, says “This new remote positioning hub bridges the gap between offshore positioning operations and onshore support and was achieved as part of a collaborative effort between InterMoor survey & positioning, Acteon IT and our clients. To do so during these challenging times shows a willingness to adapt our services and to present our clients with options in executing their own projects.”