Marine Engines & Fuels, 24th Oct 2014 – Ecoships has announced that the use of certain range of software tools on some of its vessels have resulted in up to 15% increase in fuel efficiency.
The company is using an adapted version of the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) technique, which has led to reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
General Manager Capt. Aykut Yilmaz stated that they are specialise in eco-friendly and fuel-efficient shipping tools, techniques and technologies. This is their core strength.
For them, eco refers to both ecology and economy, so being ‘eco-smart’ really pays off. They provide shipowners with the most economical solution for optimising their operations, he added.
The new process was first applied to 25,000 dwt capacity bulk carrier named Bulk Rose which had been consuming 840g/dwt of fuel per day.
Capt. Yilmaz further said that Bulk Rose was fitted with a shaft generator and they had access to most of the signals and measurements. But they identified that a minimum 10% reduction in fuel consumption could be achieved by operational optimization.
After analysing the data, they decided to retrofit a shaft power torque meter and monitoring solution for better analysis of the data along with optimal voyage planning and weather routing systems, he concluded.