Gazprom Neft has launched the world’s first ever digital Arctic-logistics management system. This innovative project — code-named “Kapitan (Captain)” — has been developed to ensure uninterrupted year-round shipments of all ARCO and Novy Port crude produced, and to improve efficiency in logistics management. The system, developed by specialists at Gazprom Neft, operates under three regimes: long-term and operational planning; control and scheduling of the company’s Arctic fleet; and the analysis and use of artificial intelligence (AI).
This analytical system makes use of various information sources, including daily production volumes at Gazprom Neft’s Novoportovskoye and Prirazlomnoye fields, total cumulative oil stocks, the position and movement of vessels, data on en-route ice conditions, tidal graphs, weather conditions, and scope for developing new market standards in crude supplies (“delivery lots”). Implementing the system has facilitated significant time savings in planning and coordinating oil shipment operations and optimising transportation costs.
The system’s functionality allows integrated analysis of the fleet’s operational efficiency, route speed estimates, fuel consumption and vessel load volumes to be undertaken in real time. The “Kapitan” system facilitates the online monitoring of vessels’ locations and movements, cargo handling, routes and icebreaker support.
Every day the system processes approximately 7,000 input variables and issues optimum logistical solutions, working out more than one million potential options and responding quickly to any deviations.
The system independently generates an optimum graphic covering tanker and icebreaker fleet usage and shipments from terminals and floating oil-storage units, synchronising all connections throughout the supply chain. Its functionality facilitates the timely generation of scheduled oil shipments over the next three years, meaning the composition of the company’s directly owned and charter fleet can be optimised.