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Equinor plans to charter more hybrid and cold ironing enabled vessels

21 Jan 2019

Norwegian multinational energy company Equinor on Friday (18 January) said it intends to reduce emissions in logistics by preparing more vessels for hybrid battery and shore power supply operations.

To date, the firm has 13 supply vessels on long-term contracts installed with shore power systems on board, and a further five vessels in the contract portfolio being prepared for shore power supply during 2019.

“We have an ambition of moving all vessels on long-term contract with us to shore power, because we have seen that it is an efficient tool for reducing emissions,” said Philippe F. Mathieu, head of Equinor’s joint operations support cluster.

“We note that shipowners, crews, base companies and authorities are strongly committed and willing to prepare for operation and infrastructure that will help reduce emissions.”

On Friday (18 January), NorSea opened a shore-to-ship power supply station at the Dusavik supply base by Stavanger. This base is the latest in a row of supply bases where vessels on Equinor contract are offered shore power while at berth and charging of their onboard batteries.

In addition to Dusavik, shore-to-ship power supply stations have been installed at the supply bases at Mongstad in Hordaland, Florø in Sogn og Fjordane, Kristiansund in Møre og Romsdal and Hammerfest in Finnmark during 2018.

The Norsea Group and its subsidiaries have been active in developing four of the bases used by Equinor for its supply activities; financial support by Enova has made the investments possible, says Equinor.

“We need broad cooperation if we are to reduce emissions from our supply chain. Equinor plays a key role in this effort, as we have many suppliers who must be team players if we are to cut emissions,” adds Mathieu.

“We influence operations by our management of day-to-day activities, commercially by rewarding low emissions in contracts and strategically by supporting a business that utilises vessels, vehicles and helicopters in a proper way.”

Since 2011, Equinor has reduced CO2 emissions from its logistical operations for the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) by 600,000 metric tonnes. The company’s ambition is to halve emissions in the NCS supply chain by 2030.

Below is a list of all vessels on Equinor contract that have installed a system for shore power per January 2019:

Ocean Star Atlantic Offshore
Far Sun Solstad Offshore
Ocean Art  Atlantic Offshore
Havila Charisma Havila Shipping
Havila Foresight  Havila Shipping
Juanita Ugland Offshore
Far Searcher Solstad Offshore
Skandi Flora DOF
Skandi Mongstad  DOF
Sjoborg Skansi Offshore
Rem Eir (LNG) Remøy Shipping
Troms Arcturus Troms Offshore
Viking Energy (LNG) Eidesvik Offshore

Photo credit: Equinor
Published: 21 January, 2019


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