Control panel optimises marine fuel consumption

Crew can control speed, fuel consumption and engine power through the FuelOpt bridge panel

A tanker operator has installed Yara Marine’s FuelOpt technology on 25 vessels for improved fuel consumption

Teekay Tankers has signed agreements to equip 25 tankers with Yara Marine Technologies’ FuelOpt propulsion optimisation technology.

The order was placed on the basis of the use of FuelOpt onboard four of their vessels already, operating with steady shaft power, resulting in fuel savings and emissions reductions of 3-5% during 2022.

Soumendu Das Roy, Technical Director at Teekay Tankers, said: “Energy saving is a non-negotiable priority for Teekay, as we remain committed to reducing emissions and streamlining operations across our fleet. FuelOpt has demonstrated tangible savings on our pilot vessels in 2022, which we hope to replicate further in the fleet.”

FuelOpt is compatible with all existing and future fuels and is designed to be user-friendly. The system automates and executes key operational settings throughout a vessel’s voyage, thereby ensuring maximised fuel savings without compromising operational efficiency. Crew can control speed, fuel consumption, and engine power — or a combination of these — through a single intuitive panel on the bridge. The system adapts propulsive power to real-time environmental conditions and eliminates costly variations in speed and power, leading to fuel savings and emissions reductions.

Mikael Laurin, Head of Vessel Optimization at Yara Marine Technologies, said: “Shipping’s continued success hinges on our ability to address existing challenges, such as the rising costs of fuels and the need to reduce emissions, while including the potential expenses of future fuels in the strategy.”

FuelOpt can offer support in addressing the requirements for year-on-year Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) improvements. The system logs all performance and navigational parameters in the vessel’s performance management and reporting software. This data can be synchronized with fleet management software — such as Yara Marine’s Fleet Analytics or third-party systems — to enable easy reporting.

When Shaft Power Limitation (ShaPoLi) functionality is included in FuelOpt as per Teekay’s vessels, the reporting also includes excess power reporting mandated by Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) requirements on the use of ShaPoLi. With FuelOpt, the ShaPoLi functionality enforces an upper limit to the vessel’s shaft power output without any modification to the vessel’s existing machinery.

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