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Fuel Efficient Container Ships

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DNV Consulting Services – World-Leading Expertise

Improve your bottom line! DNV’s Fuel Efficiency Services for Container Ships can help you reduce your fuel oil consumption, cut your operational costs and increase your company’s profitability, without compromising safety.

Fuel efficiency works! Your benefits

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For a container ship the fuel bill can account for as much as 50–70% of the total operational cost. By a systematic focus on fuel efficiency substantial cost-savings can be achieved both for new designs as well as for ships in operation.

With technical expertise in energy management and fuel saving, DNV offers a wide spectre of services to improve the fuel efficiency performance of a ship or an entire fleet.


Get a clear overview of which technical and operational measures that will have the most positive impact on your fuel oil bill


Be prepared for future rules and regulations related to emissions of CO2


Reduced emissions and lower operational cost

We collect data We collect ship performance data by reviewing a vessel or fleet’s operational profile, engine running profiles and operational procedures. We may support this with a ship survey carrying out onboard technical performance testing of main and auxiliary engines and boilers. We analyse Collected ship performance and operational data are analyzed and a set of improvement options for fuel saving are identified. The various fuel saving options are evaluated and prioritized using a cost benefit approach. We recommend A list of specific improvement options for fuel saving are recommended including what these will represent in terms of cost saving for the container operator.

Fuel Efficient Ship Operation I Main energy consumers tuning and efficiency I Speed optimization and voyage planning I Trim and draft optimization I Bunkering strategy, procedures and monitoring of fuel quality I Ship performance and operational procedures Fuel Efficient Fleet Management I Motivate people and organization I Company strategy for fuel saving I Cross fleet and departmental communication and implementation of best practices I Fleet performance management Fuel Efficient Ship Design I Concept evaluation and specification review I Optimized hull form, minimized wave resistance and maximum propulsion efficiency I Retrofit options and assessment





We have a proven track record for assisting large container ship operators reducing their fuel oil bill. Our wide experience from fuel efficiency projects enables us to benchmark your ship with industry best practice. We cover all aspects of fuel saving including both ship technical and management and organisational issues. We will find the most cost efficient solution for your company.

During a recent fuel efficiency project for a major container operator, DNV demonstrated a fuel saving potential of more than 5%. Largest savings were identified within main engine performance and voyage planning and execution. This identified savings represented: I

A reduction in HFO consumption of 90,000 tons annually


An improved environmental performance of 290,000 tons CO2 annually

Both ship technical as well as management and organisational issues were addressed including interviews with crew and officers, ship visits, data analysis and benchmarking against industry best practice.

Client statement: “DNV added a lot of value by helping us understand where we are compared to the industry and compared to the leading organisations with regards to Energy Management. DNV’s tested methodology and commanding knowledge of best practice was then used to identify and prioritize the best next challenges for our organisation to take on.”

Let us help you find the best solution for your company!

Fuel efficient container ships  

For a container ship the fuel bill can account for as much as 50 - 70 % of the total operational cost. By a systematic focus on fuel efficie...

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