DNV awards type approval for Crewsmart’s planned maintenance system

End-to-end management system for compliant, effective maritime operations CrewSmart, has announced it has secured Type Approval for its Planned Maintenance System (PMS) from class and certification society, DNV.
DNV awards type approval for Crewsmart’s planned maintenance system
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CrewSmart PMS simplifies and streamlines asset maintenance processes for offshore wind fleet managers, to improve equipment efficiency, reduce costs, and prevent the risk of breakdowns or defects on assets in operation. The certification provides CrewSmart’s asset management customers with confidence that CrewSmart’s PMS offering has been assessed and approved to DNV’s well-established and rigorous standards.

Safety and compliance are paramount concerns in offshore wind fleet management, critical in equal measure to enable both the fleet and its crew to operate at full capacity and provide vital operations and maintenance support to wind farms. Planning appropriate maintenance schedules is essential to maintaining these conditions, yet the current shortage of yard space is creating obstacles for asset managers – and any delays to their schedules increases the risk of defects and breakdowns in operation.

To effectively prioritise management challenges within this landscape, maritime organisations need to utilise their operational data to attain complete oversight of their operations. A solution which provides full visibility of critical operational activity on one platform offers the most effective means of driving efficiencies for fleet managers.

CrewSmart PMS employs estimated operational data to recommend the most appropriate maintenance schedules for assets and components, ensuring continued safe and compliant operation across the fleet. The platform also uses historical maintenance data to estimate costs for future maintenance and repair schedules, generating a full overview of maintenance requirements and commitments, and giving more control to the asset manager in organising and forecasting future maintenance.

Introduced as part of a significant update to CrewSmart’s wider software platform, CrewSmart 2.0, the system is already generating key benefits for customers.

“We use CrewSmart PMS to map out our service timelines based on time and engine hours, we look forward to it tracking inventory of all our supplies” said Max Perry, HSEQ Manager and DPA for offshore wind CTV operator, Dalby Offshore. “The data has enabled us to make our service and maintenance processes much smoother and quicker, and gives us clear maintenance records to use as evidence in our audits. We’re also able to use the system for monitoring all other maintenance checks like fire, electronics, hydraulics, deck, and to measure engine hours and fuel consumption, meaning we can also monitor our carbon footprint, and as the interface can be used by crews on- and off-shore via the tablet app, our crews are empowered to take ownership of upholding safety and compliance cross the business.”

Speaking on the certification, Christian Adams, Founder and Technical Director, CrewSmart, added that maritime businesses face considerable challenges amid transforming regulations, as well as increased focus on balancing technical and environmental performance – all of which builds a convincing case for the improved utilisation of data to address, and respond effectively to, the changing landscape.

“CrewSmart develops its solutions specifically to help its customers maintain full operational capacity and compliance, enabling them to manage and deploy their resources to best effect and keep assets healthier for longer” said Mr Adams. “Securing DNV type approval for CrewSmart PMS is a real feather in our cap, confirming to all our customers that our systems comply with the highest standards of quality across the industry.”

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