Satisfied: Kristian Stapnes, Vice President Digital and Improvements at NorSea AS, is very pleased after receiving NOK 25 million in support from the Norwegian Coastal Administration for the development of the future ports along the Norwegian coast. Photo: Stephan Wetaas.

NOK 25 million in support for more efficient ports

NorSea receives NOK 25 million from the Norwegian Coastal Administration for development of ports of the future. Key words are reduced laying time for ships in port, more efficient transport on land and sea – and significant environmental benefits.

“This is wonderful news, especially at times like this, and a great recognition of the work we do. Thanks to the Coastal Administration for showing that they have great faith in the project. The support gives us the opportunity to launch a large project that benefits the entire value chain. We must show us trustworthy”, says Kristian Stapnes, Vice President Digital and Improvements at NorSea AS.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration received applications for more than NOK 180 million in this year’s application round. The NorSea project is the project that will receive the most funding through the scheme for efficient and environmentally friendly ports in 2020.

“The purpose of the grant scheme is to contribute to streamlining transport along the coast. We do this by investing in publicly available ports. NorSea has an exciting project and was able to show good efficiency gains in the application. The project will be able to realize significant gains for many parties in the logistics chain”, says Øyvind Sandbakk, senior adviser at the Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Hub for offshore logistics
“NorSea is a hub for offshore logistics along the Norwegian coast with bases from Dusavik in the south to Hammerfest in the north. The project will create a better interaction between the actors. The goal is shorter and more efficient transport, both for ships in port and for trucks that arrive at our bases 365 days a year”, says Stapnes.

The project will initially be implemented at NorSea Dusavik, and will then be rolled out to all of NorSea’s bases in Norway.

NorSea Dusavik supply base NorSea has 6 bases along the Norwegian coast: Dusavik (pictured), Tananger, Stord, Vestbase in Kristiansund, Norbase in Harstad and Polarbase in Hammerfest. Through its ownership of the Coast Center Base (CCB), NorSea also has bases on Ågotnes (CCB), Helgelandsbase and Kirkenesbase. Photo: Stephan Wetaas

Quantum leaps
“NorSea has made quantum leaps in digitalization over the past three years. We came from a traditional, analogue everyday life, now we have significantly better control over our data and processes. However, the potential is significantly greater when you look at the value chain together. Here lies the key to deliver greener, safer and more efficient logistics. This project is an important continuation of the initiative where we have so far invested over NOK 100 million in future logistics services”, says Stapnes.

The project that has been supported has three main tracks:
• New system to capture critical operational information, create better flow in associated processes – and provide all parties involved with real-time logistics information.
• Facilitation of infrastructure, such as new carriageways, marking, moving fences for optimization of land.
• Implementation of new technology, knowledge and processes in the company.

Formidable gains
The project has already started, and the funding from the Norwegian Coastal Administration means that it is ready to be scaled up.

“The effects of the measures are large, both for the environment and money saved. The environmental gain is estimated at 1700 tonnes in reduced emissions on the bases by improving the utilization of the input factors. Our analyzes show a potential to reduce the turnaround time on the bases of trucks by up to 40 per cent – and for vessels between 5-10 per cent. We will also see a significant reduction in base traffic. Overall, the operations become safer, with less noise at and around the bases”, Stapnes explains.

For further comments, please contact:

Kristian Stapnes, VP Digital & Improvements                      
Mobile: +47 901 99 265