Seacat Goes Digital on Vessel Monitoring

Seacat Services has installed Reygar’s BareFLEET monitoring system across its entire fleet of offshore energy support vessels.

According to Seacat, the installation of the remote system on the fourteen catamarans will enable monitoring key variables, including navigation data, vessel motion and the performance of engines and other critical machinery.

All the vessels have been fitted with an always-on data connection, with the system integrated with existing sensors. Critical alerts, such as an engine alarm, will be flagged to shore-based personnel, leading to immediate action, Seacat said.

The company will observe the data live feed from its Fleet Operations Centre in Cowes, UK.

“The advantage of a fully digital approach to vessel monitoring is that the value and efficacy of the system continues to increase as more and more data is collected,” said Chris Huxley Reynard, Managing Director at Reygar Ltd.

“The comprehensive nature of information gathered by BareFLEET, encompassing motion, navigation, fuel efficiency, engine health, vibration and DPR data – and the quick, effective way in which this is all presented – provides Seacat and their customers an unparalleled level of insight into their fleet operations.”

As the volume of collected data increases, Seacat said it will conduct trend analysis, condition monitoring and preventative maintenance, enabling the operations team to detect and address faults in critical components before failure or unscheduled downtime.

According to Seacat, the system is expected to enable progressive safety and technical availability gains that benefit crews, clients and the wider industry.

“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 at Seacat Services.

“Our investment in BareFLEET will not only enable us to protect our most important assets – our masters, crews and the vessels they operate – but also ensure that our customers get maximum value from the boats they have under charter. As these digital systems become increasingly integrated, there is huge potential for cross-collaboration throughout the supply chain that ultimately helps us to change the way offshore wind farms are developed, built and serviced.”