Equinor wants all contracted OSVs to utilise shore-to-ship power

Norwegian energy giant Equinor says it is targeting a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf by 2030, having already cut them by around 26% since 2011.

One measure being used by the company is shore-to-ship power, it said on Friday as Wilhelmsen’s NorSea opened a shore-to-ship power supply station at the Dusavik supply base near Stavanger.

Vessels on Equinor contracts are being offered shore power while at berth, with 13 vessels on long-term contract to Equinor already equipped with shore power systems and another five having systems installed this year.

Philippe Mathieu, head of Equinor’s joint operations support cluster, said: “We need broad cooperation if we are to reduce emissions from our supply chain. Equinor plays a key role in this effort, as we have many suppliers who must be team players if we are to cut emissions. We influence operations by our management of day-to-day activities, commercially by rewarding low emissions in contracts and strategically by supporting a business that utilizes vessels, vehicles and helicopters in a proper way.”

Equinor is looking for more owners to prepare for hybrid battery operation and shore power supply, and says its ambition is to have all vessels on long-term contracts using such systems.

“We have an ambition of moving all vessels on long-term contract with us to shore power, because we have seen that it is an efficient tool for reducing emissions. We note that shipowners, crews, base companies and authorities are strongly committed and willing to prepare for operation and infrastructure that will help reduce emissions,” Mathieu said.

Over the last year, shore-to-ship power supply stations have also been installed at the supply bases at Mongstad in Hordaland, Florø in Sogn og Fjordane, Kristiansund in Møre og Romsdal and Hammerfest in Finnmark.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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