After completing the Sea Trial Analysis Joint Industry Project, MARIN is now starting a JIP to reduce fuel costs - the Service Performance Analysis (SPA) project. The high level of fuel oil prices and the increasing restrictions on exhaust gas emissions have urged ship owners and operators to look into reduction of fuel consumption while maintaining schedule integrity. From fleet comparisons it is known that the fuel consumption of sister ships on the same trade may vary up to 10%. Optimum trim, routing, speed control, autopilot and propeller pitch setting and propeller cleaning, can reduce fuel bills by more than 5%.
- Develop method for speed-power performance analysis for service conditions.
- Base input on available data & sensors (VDR, ER CM); Specify standard for performance monitoring.
- Reduce data & present meaningful results to crew in order to assist them in fuel reduction.
- Connect to existing ship-shore communication to relay data to ship owner offices for fleet comparison.