Norwegian advanced Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) owner and operator Golden Energy Offshore has cut fuel consumption by 20 per cent by collaborating with Kongsberg Maritime on vessel performance monitoring and installing KONGSBERG’s SAVe Energy battery system.
The results have been achieved on Golden Energy Offshore’s UT 776 CD design Platform Supply Vessels (PSV), NS Orla and NS Frayja. Golden Energy Offshore and Kongsberg Maritime have been monitoring and analysing data from the ships since 2015.
Monitoring is provided by the Kongsberg Vessel Performance System (VPS) with the new vessel data to cloud infrastructure Vessel Insight also deployed this year. The VPS enables informed decision making by both crew and onshore teams, with the potential to assist customers in lowering energy usage, fuel consumption and operating costs. It provides details on fuel consumption and overall energy efficiency levels, benchmarked against historical performance, allowing the crew and ship management to exploit opportunities to minimise fuel usage and reduce emissions. Following the cooperation with Golden Energy and other customers, the Kongsberg Vessel Performance System has now been further developed to also cover battery performance monitoring.
KONGSBERG data scientist Joakim Kjølleberg said: “With availability of historical data of all key components onboard from the previous four years from the VPS, we had all the information needed to further configure the systems to help the Golden Energy Offshore’s vessels to perform at their best.”
Golden Energy Offshore has also made use of battery power through KONGSBERG’s SAVe Energy battery system, which was installed on both ships in 2019. The operational data already collected informed key installation factors including the size of the batteries to be deployed for optimal operations. Both vessels have now been sailing with batteries for more than six months, returning significant operational cost reductions.
“By utilising a redundant battery solution connected to the main switchboard in Dynamic Positioning operations, we are able to reduce total engine running hours by 43 per cent. The increased load and improved efficiency are very beneficial, helping the vessels to achieve operational fuel savings of 20 per cent. This combined with shore connection at port means that the vessels are on their way to achieving annual fuel savings of approximately 360m3, equivalent to around 1000 tonnes of CO2 and 3 tonnes of NOx,” said Mr Kjølleberg.
Per Ivar Fagervoll, CEO, Golden Energy Offshore, added: “We have been certified in ISO 50001 – Energy Management for five years. In addition, we are also certified in ISO 9001 – Quality Management, ISO 14001 – Environmental Management and OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001).
“By this we commit to energy management and define goals for reducing fuel oil consumption. How well we manage to reach our goals is thoroughly audited and proven. We have a high focus on how our environmental footprint can be reduced, and how our operations can be optimised to contribute to the United Nations sustainability goals. Our long cooperation and hosting several pilot projects with Kongsberg Maritime has had a positive effect. By installing the battery system, shore-power connection and monitoring performance, our energy consumption and environmental impact are significantly reduced.
“We appreciate the good cooperation with Kongsberg Maritime, it enables us to reach our goals and at the same time we have a front row seat in developing Green Operations.”