Kongsberg subsidiary Kongsberg Digital has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with energy major Shell for collaborative action aimed at supporting and accelerating decarbonisation in the marine sector.
Shell is a major supplier of fuel and lubricant products to the marine sector, as well as a large user of marine transport to ship its petroleum and liquefied natural gas (LNG) products. Under the new MoU, Kongsberg Digital will explore how its applications, solutions for digital data infrastructure and open ecosystems can be integrated with Shell’s own digital and technical services. This will minimise its marine customers’ maintenance and running costs and enhance the performance of their vessels. The two companies will be forced to test their combined capabilities through pilot projects, developing new solutions jointly and consequently improving their service offerings.
Shell Marine’s General Manager of Services & Technical, Marcus Schaerer, said about the agreement:
“Partnerships and technical services play a key role in shipping decarbonisation given the scale of the challenge ahead. Shell and Kongsberg have long worked closely to optimize vessel efficiency and operations, and I am pleased that this MoU further underscores this collaboration.”
Kongsberg Digital VP Anders Bryhni said that the marine sector will need to deal with new technologies, new fuel types, and new working practices as it decarbonises, pointing out that his company and Shell were well aware of the urgent need for support in this. In the near term, though, he said marine operators first need to improve the reliability and efficiency of their vessels.