French performance management company Opsealog and Austrian wireless solutions provider Identec Solutions have announced a partnership to enhance their services to the offshore oil and gas sector.
This will help companies further optimise the operations of their support fleets, reducing their emissions and maximising safety and security in harsh environments.
The partnership combines Identec Solutions' GPS trackers with Opsealog’s data integration and analysis service, Marinsights. The GPS trackers collect precise and real-time data on the positioning of each vessel, which is processed and analysed by the Marinsights platform to provide meaningful insights that can improve safety, optimise operations, and reduce fuel consumption.
The combined solution was successfully tested during a pilot project which was completed in collaboration with Shell companies Nigeria. Nine vessels were equipped with an i-Q350LX GPS-SAT removable transponder of Identec Solutions. These were configured to send the vessel position automatically every 30 minutes through the Globalstar network. This helped Shell overcome the challenges related to the tracking of its support vessel fleet in the winding rivers of the Niger delta, where in addition to the unavailability of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), bad weather conditions can pose a challenge for satellite reception.
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