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Yxney Maritime, Grieg Partner Up with NOx Fund to Build Digital Emissions Infrastructure

Data analytics duo Yxney Maritime and Grieg Connect, part of the shipping corporation Grieg Group, are partnering with the Norwegian NOx Fund to develop a data-driven digital solution for automated NOx emissions reporting in the shipping industry.

Ferry operator Fjord1 and offshore vessel owner Solstad Offshore will participate in the pilot phase of the project.

The Norwegian NOx Fund records NOx emissions from all vessels operating in Norwegian waters and collects a fee for emissions per vessel. Calculating and reporting emissions has historically been a manual chore for shipowners, leaving a relatively large margin for error, and adding to the workload of crew and onshore staff.

As informed, the new solution, NOxDigital, will provide a digital infrastructure for emissions reporting based on the Yxney Maress software for monitoring fleet energy consumption and Grieg Connect’s platform for high-res position data and geofencing technology. The solution automatically detects whether a vessel is operating in taxable waters. Data on energy usage and AIS data will complete the picture, displayed on a digital dashboard for each user, according to the companies.

“With full control over fuel consumption, location, and vessel activity, we can provide a much more accurate emissions picture than with manual estimations,” Svein Erik Isaksen, HSEQ Environmental Engineer in Solstad Offshore, explained.

“And since all the data is digitalized, reporting can be automated, which in turn will lead to higher quality and more consistency in the emission reporting.”

“The new system will also serve as a facilitating tool for helping to further reduce emissions. With this platform, we are now building scalable international maritime technology that supports a sustainable future for the shipping industry,” Erik Aadland from Grieg Connect said.

The collaboration has received support from Innovation Norway through its Environmental Technology Program.

The solution will be first rolled out to the offshore and ferry segment spring 2020, with other segments to follow suit. The next step will be to make the system available for other jurisdictions, such as regional emission regulated zones and Emission Control Areas (ECAs) around the world.