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Peterson develops Google for the offshore supply chain

Thu 09 Mar 2017 by Martyn Wingrove

Peterson develops Google for the offshore supply chain
Petersen provides cargo to production platforms on a pool of offshore support vessels

Peterson has developed a suite of software and programs for offshore vessel supply chain optimisation. The global energy logistics provider sees itself as a first-mover for implementing paperless documentation and fleet management software. Peterson, which provides oilfield equipment to offshore drilling rigs and platforms, has developed electronic fleet management and vessel planning software to improve efficiencies across the offshore oil services sector.

Over the lasts decade, Peterson has introduced an integrated suite of systems including eCargo, its transport request tool (TRT), eCCU (cargo carrying units), eTransport and vessel planning. It is now working closely with technology partner Streamba, a Peterson company, on its latest innovative process platform, VOR.

According to Peterson director of projects and innovation Sarah Forbes, VOR can be seen as the “Google for the supply chain.” It interrogates systems across the supply chain to provide customers with a transparent and streamlined view, from the point of order for a piece of equipment, to seeing what space is available on a vessel to ship it offshore.

“VOR makes the entire supply chain a seamless process,” she explained. “The moment you want information, VOR gets it to you in real-time.” VOR highlights top performers from real data, which is an improvement on existing systems. It enables users to identify savings and waste, quickly, improving efficiencies across the supply chain.

Ms Forbes believes there is a need for these types of programs as the offshore industry is facing tough economic times. She added: “With continued high pressure environments such as that created by the ongoing low oil price, the time is right to act and work with shared resources providing increased flexibility and reduced expenditure, supported by intelligent, data driven solutions.”

Peterson uses feedback from its customers to develop new solutions or update existing ones. Ms Forbes explained: “Our systems are used globally and are under continual improvement with input from our customers themselves, ensuring they continue to operate at the cutting edge of process optimisation and support the delivery of high quality services, every time.”

Another of Peterson’s programs is the ship management information system (SMIS) which supports the Southern North Sea Pool. This is an integrated fourth party logistics arrangement for the delivery of cargo to the myriad of gas and oil production platforms in the southern North Sea.

Peterson regional director Jan Schipper said the core objective of the pool is to “maximise efficiency by combining volumes and shared capacity,” which is supported by SMIS. The program facilitates cost allocation across customers and provides a suite of reports that demonstrate the efficiencies that are gained through vessel sharing.

SMIS provides international support across an extensive customer base, which enables Peterson to carry out a broad range of vessel management activities that are integrated across one IT program. The software calculates and allocates each partner’s monthly share of all the operational costs, taking into account variable factors such as all supply base activities, actual used vessel capacity and handling time per offshore installation.

This approach means that the focus is on system-wide management of the entire logistics chain as a single entity from one control tower rather than separate management of individual logistical functions, said Mr Schipper. “At present the Southern North Sea Pool involves 12 operators, approximately 150 offshore production locations, and drilling support, all serviced from one integrated supply base in Den Helder, The Netherlands,” he explained.

“By means of continuous improvement the pool has grown to be an industry-leading example of joint co-operation delivering annual savings in the region of 40 per cent, and a proven benchmark of a collaborative and innovative approach to working. In 2016, the number of offshore installations grew to more than 150, whilst the vessel fleet for production support dropped to just five vessels.”

 

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