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Sea Trials Begin for Vessel Efficiency MOVE Project

Sea trials have begun on two Falmouth based pilot vessels which will provide data for the Innovate UK funded MOVE (Monitoring for Operational Vessel Efficiency) project.

Rising fuel costs, emissions regulation and concerns about carbon emissions are severe challenges for marine vessel operators and their supply chains. Under the ‘Managing Energy on Marine Vessels’ Competition, the MOVE project is developing a novel solution to all three, initially targeting the commercial workboat sector. MOVE technology will allow operators to optimize vessel performance by maximizing cost-effectiveness through improved selection of propulsion and generation systems. Additionally, it will enhance mission planning and enable better targeted maintenance.
MOVE is developing and validating an easily-fitted system to measure and record the instantaneous power and torque outputs from the vessel’s engines, in conjunction with more standard monitored data (engine speed, vessel speed and heading, fuel consumption). Although technology already exists to gather this data it is often time consuming and expensive to install. The project is refining this to provide a device which can be quickly retrofitted or removed making the system commercially more attractive for vessel owners. MOVE technology will be deployable on a wide range of marine engines including main propulsion and auxiliary power. 
Project partner, Datum Electronics Ltd, has considerable experience in the practical application of shaft torque meters. Malcolm Habens (MD) said, “The MOVE project has given Datum a fresh view of the practical application of this technology. Key issues for users such as applying strain gauges and accurately mounting instrumentation have been addressed. The system coming through testing with the MOVE program will reduce both the installation time and the skills required. Any engineer or service technician should be able to install a system in under an hour. The MOVE system will also benefit from the latest developments in rotating electronics which enable them to operate at lower power levels and transmit a wider range of information from the shaft.”
Initially, the MOVE system will be deployed on two pilot vessels which have been made available by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. Data will be collected whilst the Pilots carry out their daily duties providing ‘real-time’ information from the vessel’s systems. 
Examples of vessel applications that would benefit from MOVE technology include:
  • Vessels servicing ‘green industries’ such as offshore wind farms and ocean energy installations.
  • Vessels that already face a requirement to install engine monitoring capability (eg fishing vessels) for regulatory reasons.
  • Port and harbor vessels (tugs, pilot launches and survey vessels) and short-haul ferries which typically face a highly variable load/speed for maneuvering, where dynamic performance is important.
To ensure the technology is developed and valorized to meet market demand, the project is facilitating the ‘MOVE Interest Group’. Potential end-users and other interested parties will be able to learn more about the project outputs and contribute their ideas as to how it may be used to best advantage in the marine sector. Group members will be the first to see public project information and will be able to interact with the project consortium and others in the Group. Additionally, Interest Group members will be invited to attend workshops, networking sessions and demonstrations as the technology develops.
Membership of the Interest Group is free of charge: 
MOVE Partners
  • Datum Electronics Ltd
  • Gardline Geosurvey Ltd
  • Lloyd’s Register EMEA 
  • Marine South East Ltd
  • REAPsystems Ltd
  • Triskel Marine Ltd
  • University of Strathclyde

Statoil awarded licences in Mexico’s Deepwater round  

Statoil was awarded blocks 1 and 3 in the Saline Basin in the Deepwater exploration tender in the Mexican Round 1.

The blocks cover an area of about 5,650 km2 (18,500 square miles) in the largely unexplored deepwater areas of the Saline Basin. Statoil (STO)will be the operator of blocks 1 and 3, at 33.4% equity, with partners BP and Total participating equally with the remaining equity. 
The licences were awarded in a competitive bid round. A total of 10 deepwater blocks were on offer, with four in the Perdido Area and six in the Saline Basin. The blocks awarded are in water depths ranging from about 900 – 3,200 metres. The bid round is Mexico’s first ever tender for deepwater exploration acreage.
“Mexico’s opening presents the industry with great opportunities, so we are pleased to secure an early position. The award grants Statoil access to significant frontier acreage in an underexplored part of offshore Mexico. The blocks are virtually untested, with considerable subsurface uncertainty, but with play-opening potential”, says Tore Løseth, Statoil’s vice president for exploration in the US and Mexico.
The winning bids for both blocks consisted of an additional royalty of 10% (on potential future revenues) and an additional work program equivalent to 1 biddable well per block. Each block also has a minimum work program as defined by the authorities, including a variety of geological activities but no required wells.
“The licences awarded reinforces Statoil’s exploration strategy of early access at scale. This further strengthens and develops the optionality in Statoil’s long-term international portfolio,” says Løseth. 
“With the Deepwater tender bringing Mexico’s historic Round 1 to a conclusion, we are starting to see the fruits of Mexico’s comprehensive energy reform. Statoil has a long-term perspective in Mexico, and we look forward to contributing to developing the energy sector by assessing the block(s) awarded,” says Løseth.
Statoil has had a representative office in Mexico City since 2001.

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