All merchant ships longer than 100 metres must fulfil the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) standards for ship manoeuvrability. The best way to validate the criteria is model tests. Running model tests will avoid the risk of very unpleasant surprises during full-scale sea trials. The manoeuvring model tests are usually performed late in the design process. If the requirements are not fulfilled at this time, undesired design changes may be needed at the very end of a project.
The GreenPilot project has converted a pilot boat to methanol operation to show how a methanol conversion of a smaller vessel can be carried out in practice and to demonstrate the emissions reductions that can be achieved. The project began in March 2016 and the partners are ready to share their latest results. Project representatives will be attending the Nor-Shipping 2017 Exhibition, held May 30th to June 2nd in Oslo, to discuss the project. A project seminar will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 15th, 2017. SSPA is committed to developing sustainable solutions for shipping, and we have dedicated experts who are excited to be part of this project team.
Widely used so-called energy efficiency indices and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) measure Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions and there is indeed a connection between energy and emissions, but the distinction should be made clear. In practice, energy efficiency refers to optimisation in hydrodynamics, technical solutions and operational profiles. The challenges of energy efficiency and reducing emissions have to be approached internationally and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has focused on emissions and energy efficiency for a considerable time. An upcoming regulation is the European Union (EU) MRV Regulation 2015/757.