Marine logistics - the transportation of equipment by boat - accounts for almost 10% of the £10 billion total operating costs for operators in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Despite this, data and anecdotal evidence strongly suggested that this area of supply was far from optimised.
The Oil & Gas Technology Centre conducted a feasibility study, partnering with Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU), focusing on support vessel logistics in the North Sea, to see how data can be used to quantify inefficiencies and the size of the prize.
The Technology Centre then worked with Crimson & Co to understand logistics models used in other industries and the key success factors required to move towards new, digitally enabled models.
Modelling work demonstrated that, if automated scheduling had been applied to shift the same amount of equipment and bulks supplies in the study area, fewer boats would be used on shorter but more frequent voyages, sailing for less vessel days.
It is indicated that theoretically, savings of the order of 20-25% in vessel days could be achieved if there are no operational restrictions.
In addition, if vessel sharing is invoked, further savings of 5-10% could be achieved. The modelling indicated that around 50% of the vessel trips would need to be shared between operators
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