Dogger Bank SOVs to Sport MO4 AI Decision Support Software

North Star has awarded the Netherlands-based MO4 with a 10-year contract to supply the company’s four service operations vessels (SOVs) with a digital twin and artificial intelligence (AI) decision support software package.

Source: MO4

According to MO4, the technology will provide operational data analytics and forecasting support to help drive efficiencies across the fleet including low carbon emissions through reduced fuel usage.

The digital solution gathers data on influential areas such as weather fronts, workloads, work routes, and drop-off schedules to assist in making informed decisions, the company pointed out.

As all four vessels will be monitored and harmonised, the ongoing AI learning is expected to increase in-field efficiencies even further. 

“The cooperation between North Star and MO4 focusses on harvesting the benefits of digitalisation of marine operations. MO4’s claim to ‘looking backward to learn, looking forward to optimise’ by using data driven solutions, matches perfectly with North Star’s ambition to become a key player of top tier wind farm support vessel contractors in the UK and Europe,” said Mark Paalvast, MO4 co-founder.

The four hybrid-powered vessels are bound for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, which is being developed by joint partners Equinor, SSE Renewables, and Eni, and will be operated by Equinor throughout the project’s anticipated 35-year lifespan.

Last year, North Star won the tender for the delivery of all four SOVs for the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.

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The vessels are being built at VARD’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam. Work on the first vessel commenced in October and the first SOVs are scheduled to arrive at Port of Tyne in summer 2023, with the Dogger Bank C ship due in 2025.

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Due to its size and scale, Dogger Bank is being built in three consecutive 1.2 GW phases: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B, and Dogger Bank C. In total the wind farm is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to supply five per cent of the UK’s demand, equivalent to powering six million homes, once fully operational in 2026.

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