Norway-based company SolstadFarstad has partnered with Yxney Maritime to complete a pilot project to further develop and launch a fuel-efficiency and emission-reduction software solution known as MarESS.

The Yxney software package has provided significant fuel savings to the vessels operated by SolstadFarstad and its clients.

The pilot project was funded by Innovation Norway and saw SolstadFarstad and Yxney perform various activities to increase the energy efficiency of their vessel fleet with support from Enova.

MarESS is capable of potentially providing direct fuel savings ranging between 8.7% and 11.4%.

"We have worked offshore on more than 100 vessels so we can recommend targeted fuel-saving measures related to vessel positioning when MarESS identifies efficiency gaps."

SolstadFarstad has now contracted Yxney to implement MarESS systems across its fleet based on the results of the pilot project.

The implementation will also be extended to the vessels of SolstadFarstad’s clients.

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MarESS is designed to allow the users to login and track each vessel and monitor their respective fuel consumption.

The software will enable SolstadFarstad to communicate with its clients regarding any improvements that need to be introduced to the vessels, as well as other considerations.

SolstadFarstad COO Tor Inge Dale said: “SolstadFarstad’s work with the SolstadFarstad Green Operations campaign is taken to the next level with MarESS.

“It provides cost savings for us and our customers, but it also reduces emissions, helping us contribute to reaching UN sustainable development goals 12 and 13, Responsible Production and Consumption, and Climate Action.”

SolstadFarstad was formed following the merger of Solstad Offshore, Farstad Shipping, Deep Sea Supply and Rem Maritime.

The company currently operates a total of 147 vessels.

The size of the fleet has enabled SolstadFarstad and Yxney to gather large amounts of data via targeted analytics and identify the best performers across the fleet, before transferring their practices to other ships under newly completed pilot project.

Yxney Maritime CEO Gjord Simen Sanna said: “We have worked offshore on more than 100 vessels so we can recommend targeted fuel-saving measures related to vessel positioning when MarESS identifies efficiency gaps.”

The SolstadFarstad contract is expected to help Yxney meet its goal of facilitating a sustainable maritime enterprise by increasing the energy efficiency of its vessels.