NORWEGIAN TUG OPERATOR INCREASES EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE FRIENDLINESS WITH BLUEFLOW
Green operations are important to BUBE
While reliability, safety and top quality are the cornerstones at BUBE, the company also recognises that its operations produce high volumes of exhaust emissions and that significant measures are required to achieve sustainable operations. BUBE therefore aims to improve its operations to reduce fuel consumption and introduce new, greener technology when commercially sustainable.
For almost a decade, the company has operated the so-called BB Green Operations programme; a framework for saving fuel and reducing energy consumption that has been implemented on all tugs in its fleet. BUBE is also certified according to the ISO 14001 standard which specifies requirements for establishing environmentally friendly policies, procedures and goals.
“We’ve had several focus areas, both technically and operationally,” explains Åsmund Eika. “Some years ago, we delivered the world’s first LNG powered escort vessels that are currently contracted to Norwegian energy company Equinor, and more recently we’ve upgraded our fleet with more tugs with new hull designs and technologies that satisfy the emission requirements of IMO Tier III”.
On board for new challenges
BUBE is confident about the future, continuously seeking new challenges in both present and new market segments. The company intends to invest in new vessels and capabilities to meet future requirements in the maritime industry, and Blueflow is expected to be part of that journey: The system will be implemented on all new tugs in the BUBE fleet. The BUBE crews are gradually realising the benefits that Blueflow brings, and the useful information provided by the system will make a difference in everyday operations, helping BUBE combine green and efficient operations.
“We’ve chosen to roll out Blueflow on all tugs in our fleet to have one common platform for everyone and to facilitate the same working processes on all ships”, says Åsmund Eika. “We believe that all of our ships can do a little extra to run more economically. We’re expecting to achieve further fuel savings through awareness, and in particular through the knowledge we gain from continuous monitoring and analysis of onboard fuel consumption with Blueflow”.