North Star Begins Fleet Decarbonisation Voyage

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  • North Star has kick-started its ambitious fleet decarbonisation plans.
  • The first will establish greenhouse gas emissions and carbon intensity across its existing assets and onshore operations.
  • The firm’s first renewables fleet for the offshore wind market is currently being built.

North Star, the UK’s largest ship operator servicing the oil and gas industry, has kick-started its ambitious fleet decarbonisation plans…., says an article published on their website. 

Decarbonisation plans

North Star, the UK’s largest ship operator servicing the oil and gas industry, has kick-started its ambitious fleet decarbonisation plans with an in-depth sustainability study across its 44 offshore infrastructure support vessels.

The results are expected to deliver a roadmap to help the business futureproof its tonnage, enhance operational performance, and meet its net zero 2040 target.

Determine the carbon emission reduction opportunities

As informed, the firm has commissioned compatriot design and engineering consultancy, Houlder Ltd, to determine the carbon emission reduction opportunities on its existing fleet and recommend the most effective green innovations for the firm to invest in over the next decade.

As part of the three-stage analysis, Houlder will evaluate North Star’s fleet of emergency response and rescue vehicles, platform supply vessels, as well as its future renewables fleet.

The first will establish greenhouse gas emissions and carbon intensity across its existing assets and onshore operations. It will then identify the most suitable clean technologies to improve each vessel’s efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

The final phase will assess all potential energy-efficient and low-emission propulsion solutions that could be retrofitted to the existing fleet in line with operational requirements, available space, displacement, power demand and endurance requirements. 

Alternative fuels of the future will also be considered. The assessment and results are due to be completed in Q1 next year.

“We are 100% committed to cutting greenhouse gases across our busines and accelerating our energy transition. This includes further diversification into the renewables market, and improving the environmental sustainability and operational excellence of our existing ships,” Matthew Gordon, North Star chief exec, said.

Firm’s first renewables fleet

The firm’s first renewables fleet for the offshore wind market is currently being built. It includes four service offshore vessels (SOVs) and associated daughter craft to support wind turbine technicians working in the North Sea.

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