Dogger Bank SOVs to Sports MO4 AI Decision Support Software

North Star has awarded Netherlands-based MO4 a 10-year contract to equip the company’s four service operations vessels (SOVs) with a digital twin and artificial intelligence (AI) decision support software package.

Source: MO4

According to MO4, the company’s technology will provide operational data analysis and forecasting support to help improve fleet efficiency, including low CO2 emissions through reduced fuel consumption.

The digital solution will collect data on areas of influence such as weather conditions, workloads, work routes and delivery schedules to help make informed decisions, the company said.

As all four ships will be monitored and harmonized, ongoing AI learning is expected to further increase efficiency in the field.

“The collaboration between North Star and MO4 is aimed at leveraging the benefits of digitization of maritime operations. MO4’s claim to ‘look back to learn, look forward to optimize’ by leveraging data-driven solutions fits perfectly with North Star’s ambition to become a major player among the best wind farm contractors in the UK and Europe,” said Mark Paalvastco-founder of MO4.

The four hybrid-powered vessels are en route to the Dogger Bank wind farm, which is being developed by joint partners Equinor, SSE Renewables and Eni, and will be operated by Equinor over the expected 35-year life of the project.

Last year, North Star won the tender to supply all four SOVs for the 3.6 GW offshore wind farm Dogger Bank.

The ships will be built at VARD’s Vung Tau shipyard in Vietnam. Work on the first vessel began in October and the first SOVs are expected to arrive at Port of Tyne in the summer of 2023, with the Dogger Bank C vessel in 2025.

Due to its size and scale, the Dogger Bank is being built in three consecutive 1.2 GW phases: Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. In total, the wind farm is expected to generate enough renewable electricity to meet five percent of the UK’s demand, equivalent to feeding six million households, once fully operational in 2026.

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