Topaz Caspian Voyager Enters Extended Dry-Docking Scheme With ABS
ABS and Topaz Energy and Marine along with the State Maritime Agency that comes under Republic of Azerbaijan’s (ASMA) Ministry of Transport, Communication and High Technologies announced about the implementation of a project that will allow for a condition-based survey.
Caspian Voyager which is Topaz’s largest modern Platform Supply Vessel in the Caspian has acted as a connecting link for this transition by its entry into the Extended Dry Docking (EDD) Scheme.
The maximum dry-docking period will be extended from 5 year’s to 7.5 years for the vessel. This will allow the vessel to perform In-Water Surveys (IWS) thereby resulting in higher availability and productivity.
Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President, and CEO said: “This solution compliments Topaz’s digital efforts in targeting critical areas for repair, prioritizing maintenance requirements, and efficient scheduling and using resources to improve the availability of their assets, whilst also meeting class and statutory requirements.”
Martin Helweg, Chief Operating Officer, Topaz Energy, and Marine, added: “This agreement is a milestone in our journey towards digital transformation. At Topaz, we focus relentlessly on ensuring the quality and safety of our operations. We aim to be a best-in-class, reliable, innovative service provider to our customers and we believe that with our partners, ABS and ASMA, we are making yet another step in the right direction to provide the tools necessary to achieve this.”
The Director of the State Maritime Agency, Captain Gudrat Gurbanov, said: “The strong and reliable relationships between the State Maritime Agency and shipowners create the successful foundation needed to ensure maritime safety and the protection of the environment.”
This partnership between Topaz, ABS, and AMSA is the beginning towards the many condition-based classification regimes. This will align the maintenance strategy of Topaz’s with that of the ABS’s future condition-based class rules. This will result in the shift to a condition-based survey from the perspective based ones.
PR Reference: ABS Marine