Shell - Optimizing Transport Systems in the Gulf of Mexico

The Challenge

To devise a strategy in Shell where utilization of ship vessels was redefined from dedicated support vessels for each installation, to a model where most installations share the same vessel (“Strategy”). Shell contracts with multiple suppliers of vessels to support logistic requirements for its global assets. With multiple offshore locations needing supply from multiple port facilities, vessel demand can be irregular yet very high. Port facilities have limited storage capacity and coordinating scheduled arrival of material at base with the expected loading times becomes challenging.

Improving the utilization of vessel capacity, eliminating idle time, and coordinating and optimizing the demand through an IT tool was found to be imperative for the success of the strategy.

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