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“Normand Leader” saves 29% fuel on long transit using VPS data analytics

09 Jan 2023

Specialised offshore tonnage provider Solstad Offshore ASA (Soldstad) on Friday (6 January) said offshore supply vessel Normand Leader with Captain Arnt Olav Skarstein received an award for their fuel savings during transit from Australia.

The result was due a joint partnership between Solstad and VPS Decarbonization to use data analytics to save as much fuel and emissions as possible during a vessel’s long transit.

“The crew onboard Normand Leader was able to save an incredible 29% of emissions and fuel consumption compared to a normal transit and only minor vessel speed alternations,” Solstad said. 

“The key to success was excellent seamanship plus data analytics. Historical data was used to determine optimal transit speed, and the crew used several measures to reduce fuel consumption, including optimization of trim and draft, autopilot settings, stopping unnecessary auxiliary equipment, and reducing the number of engines adequately to the sea conditions.”

The company elaborated prior to commencing the transit, hull optimization was performed and making sure vessel drag was reduced to a minimum. 

“To create crew engagement, we used the VPS software MARESS where users can define the transit goals and continuously follow the performance. Hat off to the amazing results achieved by the crew.”

Svein Erik Isaksen, Sustainability Advisor in Solstad, said: “Projects like this will help us to be better and more efficient. It is a win-win situation for Solstad, the environment and our clients. Initiatives and findings will ultimately be digitised in the above-mentioned software MARESS, which will benefit all users.”


Photo credit: Solstad Offshore
Published: 9 January, 2023

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