ABERDEEN, UK – Logistics provider Peterson, Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd., Petrofac, and Dana Petroleum Ltd. are participating in a new vessel-sharing scheme for the UK central and northern North Sea (CNNS) region.
The service, operated from Peterson’s new Waterloo Quay facility, currently has two weekly sailings serving four offshore assets: Maersk Oil’sGryphon and Global Producer III FPSOs, Dana’s Triton FPSO and the FPF-1semisubmersible platform, for which Petrofac is duty holder.
Peterson serves as an independent facilitator and vessel charterer. The CNNS pool builds on the company’s experience managing vessel sharing in the southern North Sea for over two decades.
The company has developed various software tools and advanced algorithms for efficient voyage planning and accurate transparent allocation of costs to each company. This, it says, ensures all the voyage costs are allocated correctly and fairly.
Under a ‘Steering Group,’ representatives from each of the partners jointly determine the pooling strategy, with each operator fully and equally represented so that their needs can be planned into the port schedule.
There is also an operations committee to manage routine operations.
Peterson cites benefits such as efficiency through combining volumes, distance and capacity, increased flexibility in schedules, minimised exposure to the environment by dramatically reducing sailing distances and costs savings.
Quality is said to be standardized through the group’s marine operational manual.
Chris Coull, regional director for Peterson, said: “We are looking forward to expanding our offering and have built our model in a way that we can easily expand as the market demand increases to include more pool partners.
“Other companies are watching the progress of this initiative with great interest and we trust we will welcome more forward-thinking organizations on board in the future.”