Operators of offshore energy support vessels (OESV) must take action on controllable factors to reduce their carbon footprint and not wait until new technologies become available, according to the UK-based OESV operator Seacat Services.
By focusing on tackling controllable factors such as trim, hull fouling and speed through established monitoring technology, OESV operators can identify inefficiencies in vessel performance and calculate the optimal operating conditions for their vessels, Seacat Services said.
As OESVs are required to transfer personnel and equipment in harsh environments, operators must ensure that optimised vessel performance does not compromise industry best practice on crew and technician safety, vessel availability, and speed during operations.
Route optimisation, turbine tie-offs, anchoring, and switching off engines are all reasonable, smart adjustments owners and operators can employ to make real, substantial gains without compromising of safety or environmental standards, according to the operator.
“Reducing fuel consumption and vessel emissions is a critical target for the offshore wind sector, but, with this laser focus on fuel, the industry cannot afford to lose sight of the end goal – that is, the safe, efficient construction and operation of offshore wind farms, and the environmental benefits this brings,” Ian Baylis, Managing Director of Seacat Services, said.
“Owners and operators in the sector need to take advantage of the technology we have available now, by working smarter and planning better, while continuing to support R&D into future propulsion solutions.”