Gulf Marine Services PLC (GMS) operates a fleet of self-propelled and self-lifting support vessels for renewables, offshore oil and gas. GMS is committed to behaving with environmental responsibility and addresses emissions across their value chains. The company is constantly looking for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Therefore, they opted for PrimeMini 5 PCs from Prime Computer to be used on their vessels.
Like the ships, the PrimeMinis are in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They support the missions of the service vessels and are a crucial piece of the puzzle for the efficient functioning of the operations at the offshore sites.
On the Ocean is a hostile environment for Information Technology, so the units were tested at GMS’s Headquarters prior to installation. The GMS fleet is often at Sea for months at a time, so reliability is a key selection criterion and having a PC with no moving parts, and SSDs reduces any risk of failure. The barges are deployed globally so they have to manage very different weather and climatic conditions. Any computers used need to be able to cope with these environments. GMS’ new PrimiMini 5 PCs are well equipped for these conditions. In a 5-year comparison with conventional desktop PCs, the PrimeMini 5 devices save the company up to 11,026 tons of CO2e in Scope 3. This is equivalent to the annual CO2e emissions of 115 people.
“The investment in a new offshore computing system is part of GMS’s drive to improve operational efficiency. The new system will enable us to better coordinate vessel activities, allowing us to provide a better service to clients and reducing the need for excess inventory. The PrimeMinis offered by Prime Computing met those criteria by offering a reliable, low power, silent, compact and climate-neutral solution.”
Mansour Al Alami – Executive Chairman at Gulf Marine Services PLC
About Gulf Marine Services PLC
Gulf Marine Services PLC, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange, was founded in Abu Dhabi in 1977 and has become a world-leading provider of advanced self‐propelled self‐elevating support vessels (SESVs). The fleet serves the oil, gas and renewable energy industries from its offices in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Group’s assets are capable of serving clients’ requirements across the globe, including those in the Middle East, South East Asia, West Africa, North America, the Gulf of Mexico and Europe. The GMS fleet of 13 SESVs is amongst the youngest in the industry, with an average age of eight years. The vessels support GMS’s clients in a broad range of offshore oil and gas platform refurbishment and maintenance activities, well intervention work and offshore wind turbine maintenance work, as well as offshore oil and gas platform installation and decommissioning and offshore wind turbine installation.