Solstad Offshore - Lower emissions and stronger bottom line through data analytics
Solstad Offshore ASA has since 2009 actively pursued efficiency improvements through energy management. The programme «Solstad Greed Operations» has, so far, led to an 18% fuel saving on the 147-vessel strong fleet of advanced OSVs. Through the partnership with Yxney Maritime the total footprint from Solstad Offshore operations was reduced by almost 20,000 tons CO2 in 2018 alone. Yxney´s Maress software visualizes data from available sources and allows for a new level of efficiency optimization of the fleet and single vessels alike.
HSEQ Environmental Engineer Svein Erik Isaksen has been instrumental in rolling out the Solstad Green Operations initiatives that has shaved the fuel consumption of the fleet by 18% so far. He reports that the efficiency gains achieved has resulted not only in significant emissions reductions, but also a stronger financial bottom line - all while maintaining an uncompromised level of operational safety.
With Maress as a top-layer software, Solstad Offshore is now also able to interact with clients in new ways by providing real-time access to data relevant for reporting and fuel incentive schemes.
Monitoring fuel efficiency measures in the offshore fleet is challenging due to the complexity of operations and unique operational patterns. The Maress software provides a new way of combining data from a variety of sources and presents the user with actionable information and an overview of the performance of the entire fleet as well as individual vessels. A unique strength in the software is the ability to create a historic baseline for each vessel for all operational modes - previously challenging and often a show-stopper for effective energy management. The daily performance of the vessel can now be compared against the baseline adjusted for the actual operational pattern to identify deviances and sub-optimal operations.
The collaboration between the two companies was established in 2017, through a project where the data stream from 13 vessels was analyzed to identify the vessels´ fuel efficiency in different scenarios. The analysis was used as a foundation to come up with new Fuel Saving Inititiatives, or «SGO´s» (Solstad Green Operation). The fuel and emission saving potential proved to be huge, and the two companies have since collaborated on new projects to remove both direct and indirect inefficiencies in the operations, resulting in a 10% improvement in one of the projects alone.
The power of data driven decision making needs to go hand in hand with a company culture rewarding efficient operations. The software has been designed in close dialogue with those onboard and by the developing team mustering on during offshore campaigns to learn. For both Yxney and Solstad Offshore it has been important that the software is indeed a tool for the crews, incentivizing the sharing of best practices. Extraordinary results only truly be realized through the attention and well informed efforts of the crews onboard.
The projects mentioned have been partly financed by Enova SF (owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment) whose mandate is contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the development of energy and climate technology.