Zodiac’s Consumer Rebate Program
Zodiac of North America, Inc., manufacturer of inflatable boats and rigid-hull inflatable boats (RIBs), announced their Save Fuel Keep Boating Consumer Rebate program to stimulate early season sales of their inflatable boats and RIBs. "Recreational RIBs are taking hold in America as primary boats due to their fuel efficiency and ride quality," Gary Durnan, Vice President, Zodiac of North America, said. "Offering a rebate program in today's tough economy will further encourage customers to put Zodiac on their list and give us a try.
Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm
Lloyd's Register announced it has acquired fuel testing service provider Guardian Marine Testing. The newly formed Lloyd's Register GMT Ltd combines Lloyd’s Register’s technical expertise with Guardian Marine Testing’s fuel testing operation to offer solutions to the challenges associated with the management of fuel quantity and quality. In addition to providing a range of marine testing services, Lloyd's Register GMT will provide access to a network of ship performance consultants striving to help users save fuel, reduce emissions and lower operational costs.
WSF Officers Save Fuel, Win Presidential Award
Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division employees devised a plan that saved US$700,000 a year. Crew members of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division won the President’s Transportation Award for water transportation and were recognized for their exemplary service to save fuel on the Edmonds/Kingston ferry route. Beginning in 2010, three WSF employees – Staff Chief Engineer Mark Nitchman, Captain John Tullis and retired Captain Bill Chapple – collaborated to identify a method to save fuel on one of the largest vessels in the system, the 202-car, 2,500-passenger Puyallup, serving the Edmonds/Kingston route.
Becker Appoints Simplex-Turbulo as UK agents
Becker Marine Systems has appointed Simplex-Turbulo to represent them in the UK. Becker is well-known and respected not just for the manufacture of high-performance rudders and maneuvering systems, but also for significant recent developments in designs achieving substantial reduction of fuel consumption. Two examples of innovations pioneered by Becker are the TLKSR twisted full spade rudder and the Becker Mewis Duct. The TLKSR twisted full spade rudder matches the rudder shape…
DFDS Mariners Tweak Engines to Save Fuel
Engine room crew of DFDS ship 'Petunia Seaways' reduce bunker consumption, enter company's fuel saving competition. By employing a number of operational tweaks, engine room staff at one of its vessels, Petunia Seaways, has reduced bunker consumption year on year for the first half of 2012, equivalent to annual savings of 179.2 metric tonnes (mt) of fuel oil and 100.8 mt of marine gas oil (MGO). DFDS estimates that this equates to annual savings of DKK 1,568,500 ($255,536) at current bunker prices.
Slow Steaming “can damage containers” - BMT
Fuel saving measures can have a negative effect on the lashing forces on the containers, according to Maritime London member BMT Surveys. The company's risk & quality manager and marine surveyor, Olivier van der Kruijs, bases this warning on audits on more than 100 container vessels last year. He says that the latest generation of container ships have been designed not only to increase capacity but also to improve energy efficiency and environmental performance. The rise in fuel…
Deliberately Drifting: Tankship Saves Fuel
The tankship 'Nord Integrity' took advantage of favourable winds & current to drift some 280 miles on passage to the loading port in order to save fuel. The 48,026 dwt tankship saved US$17,000 by shutting down the main engines and drifting for a few days while on passage from a bunkering call in the Canary Islands towards a loading port in Algeria, reports Bloomberg. The voyage complied with safety regulations, and the owners made it clear that none of their ships would follow this practice if loaded with cargo. Norden spent $651 million on fuel in 2012, or 67 percent of its voyage costs. Source: Bloomberg
FellowSHIP Listed as a Top Sustainable Solution
FellowSHIP, a hybrid energy system for merchant ships which couples a fuel cell with advanced batteries, saving fuel and reducing emissions, is added to Sustainia100 - a guide to 100 society-transforming, sustainable and readily available solutions. The project, an R&D collaboration between DNV, Wartsila, and Eidesvik, is demonstrating the use of a fuel cell integrated with a battery pack aboard the vessel Viking Lady. "On behalf of DNV and our partners Wärtsila and Eidesvik…
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants Launches iCOlube in the UK
To optimize vessel’s engine performance and efficiency, LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has developed the iCOlube system, which had its U.K. official launch on September 8, 2015 in London. According to LUKOIL, the iCOlube cylinder oil lubrication unit tailors the alkalinity reserve to engine load and fuel. The feed rate always stays at optimum level, while only the fuel sulphur content needs to be entered. This way, it maintains better engine conditions, reduces oil costs, saves fuel and is environmentally friendly, the manufacturer said.
Billett Manages New AWT London Office
Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT) anounced the hiring of a European sales manager, Bob Billett, and the opening of a new London office. AWT’s ship routing and voyage optimization technologies enhance safety by helping ship Captains and fleet managers to avert severe weather and sea conditions, and reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by identifying the most fuel-efficient routes to their destinations. “With increased interest from European shipping companies to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions, the demand for AWT products and services is growing rapidly,” said Skip Vaccarello, president and CEO of AWT. AWT’s London office will be led by the company’s new European sales manager, Bob Billett.
New Solution for Measuring Hull Paint Performance
MACSEA offers an independent hull monitoring service designed to save fuel and reduce emissions by detecting hull fouling as early as possible. The new service, called Hull Medic, uses automatic onboard data acquisition to gather salient ship performance data and transmit it ashore for detailed analysis. Hull Medic will typically review 100,000’s of a ship’s data records per month, providing high-accuracy statistical analysis for earlier detection of hull fouling. Hull Medic calibrates each ship’s propeller as a power absorption dynamometer, using propeller characteristics and “clean-hull” ship performance data. The calibration establishes the unique relationship between speed, propeller rpm, and shaft power for each vessel.
GreenSteam Optimizer is an onboard decision support system that is an adaptive, data-driven solution, helping the master to make the right decisions. Achieving maximum fuel efficiency means operating at the most efficient speed using as little fuel as possible. The optimal settings and parameters such as trim, draft are a vital in setting up the vessel, and depend on a range of conditions such as load, waves, wind, water depth and many other factors. By continually optimizing the trim and draft of the vessel based on data collected onboard the vessel…
RINA Launches Seven Step Fuel Saving Services
International classification society RINA has launched a co-ordinated range of services to help shipowners save fuel and reduce emissions. There are seven different elements to the services which can be adopted individually or as a complete package. The seven services are: auditing to ISO 14001 Environmental Management certification; auditing for ISO 50001 Energy Management Certification; development of the SEEMP (Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan); EEDI verification; Energy Saving and Energy Conservation Analysis…
Eniram Focuses Expansion on Asia
Singapore – Eniram Limited has opened an Asian office in Singapore to better service its clients in the region. The Finland-headquartered company develops onboard applications, performance management and analytics solutions to help fleet owners and captains better operate their ships toward reduced fuel consumption and improved overall vessel efficiency. “Singapore was a clear choice for us, as it is not only one of the premier global hubs for shipping, but has also made clear its intention to be a hub for ‘green’ shipping in the region,” said Philip Padfield, CEO of Eniram. Headed by Noël Jelsma, Eniram’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, the Singapore office provides a base for local and regional sales and support services for the whole of the Asia Pacific region.
Fujifilm Debuts Silicone Fouling Release System
Fujifilm Smart Surfaces said its latest silicone fouling-release system solution will help save fuel and time during drydocking, helping tackle indigenous and invasive species that continue to propagate rapidly, infesting multiple waters and causing vast ecological and economic damage. The primary goals of the fouling release system are to prevent fouling from permanently attaching to surfaces, which increases drag and causes higher fuel usage and costs, and to reduce drydocking and maintenance, as well as reduce the generation of greenhouse gases. The U.S. Navy-patented nontoxic solution is a patented silicone-based coating that features Smart Surfaces DUPLEX foulant-release technology…
Oceanfoil, Clarke Designs and UCL Continue Aerofoil Development
Oceanfoil, the maritime technology company developing aerofoil technology, announced the formation of partnerships with naval architects Owen Clarke Design LLP and University College London’s Energy Institute (UCL-Energy). Oceanfoil will work with naval architects Owen Clarke Design LLP during the final design and engineering phase, leading to the manufacture of the working prototypes of the new improved wingsails for sea trials in the second half of 2014. UCL-Energy and Oceanfoil are developing analysis capability to maximise the performance of Oceanfoil’s technology on representative shipping routes, and which will enable Oceanfoil to predict the potential savings to be obtained from fitting Oceanfoil wingsails.
Loading Computer Aids in Fuel Efficiency
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”.
Eniram Launches 3 New Energy Savers
Eniram Ltd, a provider of energy management and fuel-saving technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, announced the release of three new products aiming to help save fuel and optimize energy usage on vessels. The company has launched the upgraded speed optimization solution Eniram Speed 3.0, Eniram Performance 3.0 data analytic software, as well as Eniram Fleet Route KPIs designed to support improved routing. Improving on past version Eniram Speed 2.0, the new Eniram Speed 3.0 takes into account factors such as the prevailing sea state, in computing and recommending best speed profile to consume least energy and thus save fuel.
BC Ferries Order WESMAR Thruster
WESMAR to supply BC Ferries, with a dual prop, counter-rotating, bow thruster for the T-Class Passenger/Car ferry 'M/V Tachek'. M/V Tachek transports cars and passengers among the popular Gulf Islands and the WESMAR Model V2-24, 150 HP AC system will enhance the 162-foot ferry’s maneuvering and docking capabilities, in the waters off Vancouver Island, where the growing traffic of pleasure and commercial vessels crowd the waters, particularly during tourist season. The M/V Tachek, built in 1969, is undergoing an upgrade project estimated to extend her operating life and save fuel.
Container Ship 2013 Capacity to Outpace Demand
A.P. Moller-Maersk expects container ship capacity to grow 11% this year, outpacing demand, forcing owners to take corrective measures. The industry is likely to scrap more vessels, sail them at even slower speeds and idle more ships in order to balance supply with growth, Soren Skou, the chief executive of Maersk Line, told media at a news conference in Singapore, as reported by Fox Business News. Slow steaming, industry term for slowing down ships to save fuel, will reduce effective industry-wide capacity by 2% 2013. In 2013, 2% of the global container vessel fleet may be scrapped, and the percentage of ships that are idling may grow at least one percentage point from the current 5% to 6%. Source: Fox Business News
Intelligent grabbing technology SmartGrip by Liebherr
For the mobile harbour crane range Liebherr has developed an intelligent system which optimises grab filling rates in a self-learning manner. In a comprehensive study, Liebherr collected real bulk handling data of different crane models. Complex data analyses showed that – on average – only 70% of the grab capacity is used, mainly due to suboptimal grabbing angles and a varying material density. Based on these findings, SmartGrip ensures that the full capacity of the grab is utilised.
International Paint on Discovery Channel
A television program currently airing on the Discovery Channel may offer a positive view on the marine community in general and the work done at International Paint. The program Industrial Junkie is part of a 10 episode series that has been commissioned by the Discovery Channel to offer insight into important major industries. One of the episodes is on paint and is dedicated to the research and manufacture of marine coatings, the preparation and painting of a cruise ship and how coatings can help ship owners save fuel and reduce their carbon footprints. International Paint was approached by the Discovery Channel last year, with filming for the paint episode taking place over two days in October when a camera crew visited the Felling site in the UK.
Springfield Shipping Extends Work with Eniram
Greek company Springfield Shipping Co. announced that Eniram, the provider of energy management technology and analytic services to the shipping industry, has been selected for a further roll out of its energy efficiency technology for its VLCC vessels. “We are very pleased to be working with Eniram and look forward to a productive, long-lasting relationship,” commented Springfield Shipping Co. “Our investment in a premium energy efficiency system shows the clear determination of the company to promote greener transportation.