Norwegian offshore vessel owner Simon Møkster Shipping reported the results of its decarbonisation efforts in 2020 and revealed its long-term sustainability plans
In 2020, the company reported shedding CO2 emissions by 13.9% (up from 10% in 2019) from its 2008 baseline and is looking to reduce emissions by 40% over the coming decade and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
To achieve reductions regardless of fleet size, the company has set an additional energy efficiency ambition of achieving a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions per sailed distance by 2030. The company uses MARESS – a computer software for better visualisation and management of fuel consumption and emissions data.
In addition, an internal initiative FuelRACE (reduce fuel and cut emissions) was launched in 2014. Offshore support vessel Stril Odin, the winner of the 2020 FuelRACE, achieved an average reduction in fuel consumption of 15.6%. In particular, the ship reduced consumption during transit by reducing the vessel speed as often as possible, often using a single engine when sailing.
The fleet’s total energy consumption for 2020 stood at 2,395 MWh. This is electricity from the Norwegian power grid, which resulted in a CO2 footprint of roughly 40 tonnes.
The company’s fleet energy efficiency, measured in CO2 emissions per distance sailed, improved by 4% compared to the 2008 baseline, while the total energy efficiency improvement is pegged at 52%.
Simon Møkster puts this down to sailing a more modern fleet, technical innovations such as shore power connections, increased awareness and focus on voyage planning, and using eco speed during transit.
In 2020, the company operated six vessels with shore power connections, with a seventh vessel fitted with a shore power connection in January 2021.
The fleet’s NOx emissions for 2020 stood at 590 tonnes – a 14.2% decrease from the 688 tonnes emitted in 2019.
Simon Møkster said all company-managed vessels use low-sulphur marine gas oil or LNG which helps to reduce SOx emissions. SOx emissions stood at 28 tonnes in 2020, marginally higher than the 27 tonnes in 2019. Over the last year, Simon Møkster Shipping said it continued to increase the focus on sustainability in the organisation and its commitment to the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals. In 2020, the company joined the UNCTAD’s Family Business Sustainability Pledge which aims to integrate sustainability into conventional business models, and the company said it is eyeing a further target of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030 and seeking to increase the overall revenue generated from non-oil and gas activities to 50% by 2030.
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