NAPA in landmark deal to fit loading computers to 55 Bourbon vessels

IT and Communications, Marine Equipment Products and Services — By on November 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Software will optimise cargo intake, safety and operational performance

HELSINKI NOVEMBER 29, 2012 – NAPA Group, the leading software house for ship design and operations, today announced the ongoing success of its contract with BOURBON, a leader in offshore oil and gas marine services, to provide loading computers for 55 of its offshore support vessels (OSV). The latest software will enable BOURBON to improve safe loading and unloading with maximum cargo intake while improving assistance to stability, longitudinal strength for operational efficiency.

NAPA has begun and will continue to provide BOURBON OSVs with the most versatile and sophisticated 3D systems on the market; providing “real time” onboard loading calculations and ship stability analysis, as well as an emergency response system during loading. The software will be installed on twenty Bourbon Explorer 500 series vessels, fifteen Bourbon Liberty 150 series vessels and twenty Bourbon Liberty 300 series vessels commissioned by BOURBON and built by Sinopacific Zhejiang Shipbuilding shipyard in Ningbo, China. Five of the Bourbon Liberty 300 vessels have already been delivered and this extraordinary 55-vessel deal is in full progress with good outcomes for BOURBON thus far.

Matti Salo, President of NAPA for Operations, commented: “Today’s announcement is testament to the reliability and increasing reputation of the NAPA Loading Computer and aligns with our strategy for providing industry leaders with the tools they need to better perform their OSV operations safely.  We remain committed to developing software that supports safety and efficiency in all onboard operations.”

Olivier Daniel, BOURBON Managing Director Newbuilding, BOURBON said: “BOURBON does not compromise with safety. Our relationship with NAPA has been fruitful and should mature with the numerous coming installations. The effective loading of a vessel is absolutely critical, as the movement of heavy objects onto the ship during loading impacts stability and increases the risk of harm. The installation of NAPA’s Loading Computers will help our crews to improve preparation for and management loading procedures, maximising safety at every stage.”

The NAPA Loading Computer has been approved by all major classification societies. It uses an extremely accurate 3D calculation engine based on sophisticated ship design mathematics to incorporate a range of calculations related to the ship’s hydrostatics.

Notes to editors About NAPA NAPA is the world leading software house supplying solutions for ship design and operation with a mission to improve safety and eco-efficiency of the global maritime industry. With a solid track record in setting new standards for 3D modelling of ships and ship performance analyses, NAPA’s philosophy is that true eco-efficiency starts with the build process and continues through the operational lifecycle of a vessel. NAPA and NAPA for Operations software are used by shipyards, owners, designers, classification societies, research institutes, authorities, consultancies and universities. NAPA has nearly 400 user organizations for the design application and 1, 400 installations onboard.

About BOURBON BOURBON offers the most demanding oil and gas companies a comprehensive range of surface and subsea marine services for offshore oil and gas fields and wind farms, based on an extensive range of latest-generation vessels. The Group provides a local service through its 27 operating subsidiaries, close to clients and their operations, guaranteeing the highest standards of service quality and safety worldwide. BOURBON has two Businesses (Marine Services and Subsea Services) and also protects the French coastline for the French Navy.
Under the “BOURBON 2015 Leadership Strategy” plan, the Group is investing in a large fleet of innovative and high-performance offshore vessels built in series. In 2011, BOURBON posted revenues of €1.008 billion and operated a fleet of 458 vessels as of September 30, 2012

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