Aerofoil technology is alive and well

13th December 2013

Are we heading back to the future? Aerofoil sail trials on a large bulk carrier have shown significant fuel savings are possible.

The advent of 0.1% Sulphur Emission Control Areas (ECAs) from 2015 and the ensuing switch to costlier distillate fuels with lower sulphur content will only add to fuel cost concerns for owners and operators. The cost challenges posed by ECA’s will increase in Europe by 2020 when the EU will introduce a Europe-wide ECA and globally, through the IMO, by either 2020 or 2025.

Moreover, demonstrating these marked savings comes with further requirements too. The IMO’s ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) entered into force in January 2013, mandating that shipowners and operators provide a clear performance benchmark of their vessels to provide transparency around vessel savings, while the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) is mandatory for new vessels.

Part of this article has been published with the kind permission from Tanker Operator.

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