Krill Systems completes installation and sea-trial on three vessels for the Royal Dutch Shell Alaska project

Krill Systems Inc. announces the successful installation and sea trial of Krill Vessel Fuel Measurement and Monitoring Systems onboard three support vessels operating as part of the Shell Alaska arctic offshore drilling project.

The Krill VFMMS systems were installed in Seattle at the beginning of July, after which the vessels immediately departed for Alaska waters, where they will begin support operations.

Two Shell-chartered drilling ships, Kulluk and Noble Discoverer, are on their way to Dutch Harbor in Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain having departed Seattle on June 27. A third, mobile offshore drilling unit, Arctic Challenger, is due join them as soon as final U.S. Coast Guard inspections and approvals are completed.

The Krill VFMMS systems installed on the three support vessels will measure the amount of fuel these vessels consume, in real time, and report the data back to company headquarters, Krill says. The data will be used to accurately record fuel use and, also, provide the opportunity to reduce fuel consumption and manage emissions.

Krill Systems uses Microsoft SQL server database technology to record all sensor data with 2-second resolution and storage capacity of at least one year with unlimited roll-over capacity. Any communication system including cellular or satellite internet access, supporting standard SMTP email protocols, may be used to transmit customizable reports and sensor data menus, in Excel format, to any number of operators, anywhere, with no monthly fees or charges.

“Once again, we are pleased to have become part of such an important project,” says Brian Staton, Krill’s vice-president of sales and marketing, in a company press release. “The Krill VFMMS systems installed on these vessels will allow them to operate with maximum fuel efficiency resulting in both substantial fuels savings costs and environmental advantage”.