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Gazprom Neft’s unique Arctic logistics management system is now consolidating data from the Umba floating trans-shipment complex

The world’s first Arctic logistics system — Gazprom Neft’s “Kapitan” — has begun receiving data from the Umba floating trans-shipment complex (responsible for trans-shipping the company’s Arctic oil to the port of Murmansk) automatically. This new module delivers 60-fold faster handling times in obtaining and recording information on storage reserves, improving efficiency in shipping the company’s premium ARCO and Novy Port oil blends. Recording data from the Umba floating storage facility in the Kapitan system automatically will improve speed and quality in logistics planning, as well as making it possible to manage crude trans-shipments online.

The innovative Kapitan project was developed by Gazprom Neft specialists to ensure uninterrupted, year-round exports of Arctic blends from the company’s Prirazlomnoye and Novoportovskoye fields. Thanks to deploying its Kapitan system Gazprom Neft has, already, cut the unit cost of delivering one tonne of Arctic oil by 15%.

Around one million tonnes of ARCO and Novy Port crude (from the Prirazlomnoye and Novy Port fields, respectively) are shipped through the Umba trans-shipment complex every month. The Kapitan system coordinates vessels’ approaches to the facility, including the movements of tankers delivering Arctic oil to end-consumers. The system is, already, analysing about 15,000 various input parameters, including data from support vessels and tankers, actual and predicted depth information, vessel routes and ice drifts. The system recalculates scheduled tanker movements and ex-terminal oil shipments every 15 minutes, selecting the optimum solution from more than 66.5 million options.

“Integrating data from the Umba complex is one of the most important stages in developing the Kapitan system. The next stage is expected to involve the Kapitan system getting a satellite-image recognition module. Ships in the Arctic fleet will become fully-fledged participants in the full digital-logistics ecosystem, and will be able to exchange data-streams, online. This will make it possible for the Kapitan system to optimise company costs throughout the entire logistics chain and minimise vessels’ environmental impacts by cutting fuel consumption — helping to preserve the pristine nature of the Arctic.”
Vadim Simdyakin
Vadim Simdyakin Head of Crude Oil Supplies Department, Gazprom Neft