Noël Jelsma is an experienced business development specialist with many years of experience introducing technology based solutions into different markets including the financial sector, logistics and supply chain and IT infrastructure and services. He applies his keen understanding of how organisations can harness the power of technology to support improvements in business processes in the maritime sector.
Eniram was established in 2005 by technologists who provide a fresh perspective to the problems faced by the maritime industry. The company understands the challenging forces affecting vessel sailing conditions and performance and is a leading provider of intelligent strategic decision support systems for the global shipping industry.
Fuel efficiency has been one of the hottest topics in the industry in recent years. Between regulatory pressures to reduce the carbon footprint of ships and historically high fuel prices, the impetus to reduce fuel consumption has never been stronger.
Responding to these pressures has been a raft of new technologies each promising to reduce fuel consumption by leaps and bounds and produce a quick return on investment. Ship operators have been flooded with potential solutions such as slow steaming, hull cleaning, anti-fouling paints and numerous cutting edge technologies that promise to solve all their problems and bring their costs down. In some cases the technology has proven itself effective, however the jury is still out on a number of potential solutions. It is also becoming more challenging to decide which areas fuel saving efforts should be focused on. At a time of low freight rates and rising costs, it is increasingly important that ship operators make well-informed decisions and that the fuel saving initiative that is chosen delivers on its promise.
Fuel oil consumption fluctuates to the extent that savings can be difficult to identify in the short term or even in the long term, especially if they are in the region of 1-2 percent. While this can seem fairly small, it can add up to significant savings on a vessel's fuel bill over time. Verifying the effect of a savings initiative can be challenging, for example, if you do not know the real sea margin or changes in various power consuming factors, even if the vessel is on the same route.
One of Eniram's technologies, the Eniram Vessel Platform (EVP), is a data collection platform that enables ship operators to clearly identify the factors affecting energy consumption. It captures real-time data about a vessel's performance from a number of sources on board, such as the navigation systems, engine automation and Eniram sensors. Data from these systems, and many other readings are measured in the context of the prevailing weather and sea conditions and in particular, against the extensive data store that has been compiled from 500 million signals a day collected during thousands of ocean-going hours on more than 100 different vessels, allowing operators to benchmark their efficiency against the average or peak performance of other vessels in their fleets.
Hull Fouling Analysis is one example of how EVP has been used to identify fuel efficiency improvements. The management team of a large shipping operator noticed increased fuel consumption on one of their vessels and installed EVP to monitor the changes in fuel consumption. Eniram provided a detailed breakdown of the excess consumption and concluded that the main cause of the additional fuel consumption was additional drag caused by fouling. The sides were cleaned annually as advised and a clear drop in fuel oil consumption was identified. The growth of additional drag was followed for a period of time, and another brushing was done; this time the sides and the flat bottom. Being aware that the additional drag was caused by fouling enabled this shipping company to create a schedule for timely brushings. This resulted in a significant reduction in fuel consumption of approximately 3.5% over a long period of time and avoided the financial implications of premature dry-docking.
In times of fast paced regulatory changes and an urgent need to reduce fuel consumption, accurate measurement of a vessel’s fuel efficiency can make all the difference to a ships bottom line. While there may not be a single solution, identifying which areas should be focused on will play a critical role in ensuring well informed decisions are made to establish the combination of technologies that will offer the best results.
An excellent innovation on the measurement tool - yes as to initiatives to apply plural not singular - a one size fits all is not possible hence the reliance on industry to look at initiatives which support informed verified driven decision making. Thank you for the details.
1) The cleaner the hull-the less of GHG are emitted from the burned HFO of the ships engines, That’s all, we know this since years. Is it really necessary to make this sure by data collection platform?
2) Hi Pierre C. Sames, your (GL-MAN) - study about the payback time of Scrubbers or LNG is maybe helpful for some ship owner decisions, but not for all and really not for short time decreasing of GHG from ships to protect SECA.
I am not a friend of scrubbers, but scrubbers are a step for short time results, if you burn HFO. You for your own know the problem of peakoil/peakgas and so do you know, that other systems for ship propulsion must come. Others, than Measurements and scrubbers and LNG. All this takes time and money and both is limited - like oil and fresh air.
So my conclusion is: Noel and Pierre and all the responsible Persons in the maritime industry: you have to check asap the wind systems of our oceans and compare this study with the most needed Bulker routes across the seas.
Pierre, you have the key, as you told me in Rostock, in your files. Open them. Please.
The german promise of CO2-reduction needs it.
All the best from www.windships.de , Heinz Otto
Same could be said about weather routing, how long has it been know that heavy weather resistance burns more fuel? centuries perhaps? yet there are shipowners not engaged in weather routing. Not for lack of technology. When I attend these green ship technology conferences many suppliers can be overheard at the coffee bar - not talking about whether a technology works but which shipowners have the resources to take on projects that bring profit.
Absolutely - it shipped carbon neutral - the product system. The observations recognised - amplify those who are attending to - help you suppliers in asking the right questions.
Avoid double counting frees up capital to invest in initiatives to improve efficiencies.
The emphasis on initiatives trials undertaking independent verification paramount conclusion - forged from
Kindest regards to be catching up with you Heinz.
The initiatives within reported guidelines exciting to read here - to be party - I thank you most kindly - Caroline
If the vessel was carrying 5 tons less would it affect fuel consumption s
enough to be measurable over a period?