Design Alaska, a Fairbanks-based architecture, engineering and surveying firm; and Art Anderson Associates, its naval architecture subconsultant, were recently awarded a contract for the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) to investigate potential energy efficiency improvements.
The contract, driven by new International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations, requires development of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMPs) for three AMHS vessels.
The new IMO standards require vessels traveling internationally to obtain International Energy Efficiency Certificates (IEECs) demonstrating that vessel owners and operators have developed energy efficiency plans for their travel routes and vessel operating systems. SEEMPs provide a mechanism for identifying best practices for energy efficiency improvement, and include items like improved voyage planning, implementation of measurement tools and systems, and the use of various systems and technologies that reduce emissions and fuel consumption. Because of their involvement in international voyages, the vessels included in the scope of the project are the M/V Taku, M/V Matanuska, and M/V Kennicott.
Providing the naval architecture and marine engineering expertise for the team is Bremerton, Washington-based Art Anderson Associates, a west coast’s naval architecture and engineering firms. The firm emphasizes providing services for vessels and their systems, brings relevant experience with the AMHS fleet, and has been highly-engaged in marine energy and environmental projects.