Amid rising operating costs and growing pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the marine industry is paying closer attention to energy efficiency than ever before. Owners, operators, shipyards and designers are looking for innovative ways to minimize fuel consumption and environmental impact while maximizing ship performance.
Presented in a new, easy-to-use format, the latest edition of ABB Marine & Ports’ Energy efficiency handbook aims to assist vessel stakeholders in overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities of an era in shipping that is characterized by change and uncertainty.
Six chapters, seventeen solutions
Energy efficiency handbook: toward zero emission vessel operations contains detailed information on how to optimize energy use on board a variety of vessels by deploying ABB’s leading-edge solutions. It is divided into six main chapters covering energy efficiency and how to improve it; introducing specific solutions for various ship types; providing overviews and in-depth descriptions of those solutions; and, finally, offering guidance on how to proceed with optimization efforts.
The handbook opens by addressing the need for greater fuel efficiency in shipping, presenting evidence of fluctuating fuel costs and an outline of current and forthcoming environmental regulations. It also explains why owners should not focus solely on ‘design-point’ efficiency; instead, they should look to combine a sound design with power- and data-management technology to allow ships to operate more efficiently across a range of sea and weather conditions.
Several approaches for enhancing energy efficiency are presented in the handbook. Examples include the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan for monitoring ship and fleet efficiency performance over time; the ABB Marine Energy Appraisal, which identifies opportunities for fuel savings and emissions reduction; and efficiency audits to determine which solutions are best suited to a shipowner’s vessel or fleet.
These solutions are brought into focus, and they are categorized by the part of the ship or purpose they serve: Propulsion & Hull, Power production & Machinery spaces, Hotel & Cargo and Operational advice. Among the 17 products and services listed are the Onboard DC Grid™, a DC-based power system facilitating the integration of energy sources; energy storage solutions to enable flexible, low-emissions operations; and the Coriolis mass flowmeter for measuring fuel consumption. Additionally, this chapter discusses the various requirements of different vessel types and provides case studies demonstrating how real-life ships have benefited from ABB technology.
Readers gain a closer look at the full portfolio, with details on the specifications, benefits and applications of each solution, as well as customer references.
Efficiency of the essence
As the need to enhance energy efficiency in shipping operations becomes more and more pressing, vessel stakeholders require specialist support from industry-leading experts in power and propulsion. ABB Marine & Ports delivers broad a range of services that enable its customers to monitor performance, pinpoint opportunities for improvement and determine, with confidence, the best approach for their particular vessel type and operating profile. When it comes to acting on these insights, ABB customers have access to an extensive portfolio of electric, digital and connected solutions for cutting fuel consumption, reducing costs and meeting sustainability targets.
Find out what exactly these services and technologies entail, why they are so effective, what other users have said about them, and how your vessel or fleet could benefit from their implementation – by reading Energy efficiency handbook: toward zero emission vessel operations.