The Norwegian Coastal Administration has awarded a grant of Nkr21M (US$2M) to supply chain company ASCO to implement digitalisation infrastructure at its base in Leirvika, part of its Hammerfest supply base for the offshore oil and gas industry
An operator of a number of Norwegian offshore bases, ASCO sees the investment as creating a new logistics starting point in northern Norway. The grant also builds on the development of the ASCO’s Risavika Offshore Terminal in Tananger, Rogaland.
ASCO Hammerfest base manager Tom Eirik Lysmen Jakobsen said “When the base in Leirvika is completed and we have implemented solutions around efficiency and digitalisation, it will provide significant benefits to customers and we believe it opens up the use of the terminal to new industries.” Added Mr Lysmen, “It is about getting the right equipment at the right time with 100% control, which will save time and resources for our customers.”
ASCO said the grant will underpin deploying smart technology at ASCO’s Hammerfest base. Logistics for the region will be streamlined through the terminal and operations will receive digital infrastructure with electronic data capture, aiming to save time and money. This will allow vessels to be better utilised, enabling more goods to be transferred from road to sea reducing emissions, contended ASCO.
Efficiency improvements include streamlining freight flow for sea-based transport and logistics chains, placing the company in a more competitive position for sea transport for the seafood, aquaculture, fishing, consumer goods and oil and gas industries.
ASCO Norge AS chief digital innovation officer Christopher Hoftun said “The efficiency gains will offer time savings, estimated at 80% for trucks and 20% for vessels, which emphasise that this will also provide an environmental benefit. The vessels will have a shorter lay time at the quay resulting in less noise and CO2 emissions.”
Work is underway, and the Hammerfest terminal will be operational during 2020.
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