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Projects prove that air cavities reduce ship resistance

AuthorsEvert-Jan Foeth
Conference/JournalMARIN Report 103
Date2 Aug 2011
Reading time3 minutes

It is now proven that air lubrication leads to a reduction in power and consequently, leads to fuel savings thanks to the Joint Industry Projects PELS and SMOOTH. The projects have shown that air lubrication makes it possible to reduce power by 15% for an inland ship travelling at normal operational speeds.


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