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Monday, December 5, 2016

Loading Computer Aids in Fuel Efficiency

September 1, 2011

Easeacon is launching a unique method to save fuel:

  • Easeacon -> Optimum Trim -> Ballast Instruction  -> Fuel Savings


Knowing the best trim for given sailing conditions is one thing, knowing how to get there is where Easeacon helps provide the solutions. With just 1.0% reduced fuel consumption, a mid-size container vessel saves over US$ 200,000 per year. Return On Investment within 6 months.  “It is amazing how many ships sail with trims that are catastrophic to their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions,” says Christian Schack, Force Technology, a Danish expert in model testing and member of “Green Ship of the Future”. Trimming ships correctly has a substantial effect on engine fuel consumption, whether on local or global routes. Resistance curves from model tests demonstrate just how much you can save by knowing how to carefully plan your cargo and water ballast. However, knowing the optimum trim of a ship is not enough, as you may not have the necessary water ballast capacity. Running optimization routines in your Easeacon loading computer gives you the best obtainable trim for sailing with the minimum fuel consumption.
 
You can calculate manually or run a series of experiments on the stability and loading computer to validate whether the ballast solutions are keeping the ship safe. But it takes time - a precious resource in today’s highly competitive conditions. The Easeacon loading computer system merges the model test resistance curves with strength and stability calculation to provide validated ballast solutions.



 
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