DOWNLOAD THE OCEAN
The science of oceanography to create data products designed to save fuel, reduce emissions and improve efficiency for the shipping industry Â
DOWNLOAD THE OCEAN The science of oceanography to create data products designed to save fuel, reduce emissions and improve efficiency for the shipping industry Â Our internationally recognized scientists utilize hydrodynamic models, satellite and ocean observations to produce data products which include tidal streams, ocean currents, sea surface temperature and wave forecasts. The information is then converted, formatted and made available for download to ship navigation and voyage optimisation systems via a custom application programming interface (API). Data is also downloaded for shore-side vessel tracking and performance monitoring applications.
Our solution focuses on the effect of tides and currents on voyage optimization, as they are in play on almost every passage. In particular, they are an extremely important factor in managing vessel speed on coastal routes, where significant fuel and efficiency savings can be made by speed optimization to reduce fuel consumption and improve the accuracy of arrival times in regions of strong tides.
In 2013, the compound effects of high oil prices, environmental regulation and over capacity are leading ship operators to use “slow steaming” as a technique to save fuel and emission and increase profitability. A nominal speed reduction from 27 knots to 18 knots reduces fuel consumption by 75%. In 2010, 73 percent of the Maersk Line fleet was slow steaming. In this new regime of slow steaming, tides and currents become far more important to overall voyage performance. E.g. a 1.5 knot coastal ocean current represents an 8.3% advantage/disadvantage at a ship speed of 18 knots. The effect is further magnified at slower vessel speeds. Commercial trials and our simulations have shown savings of between 1 – 12% in either time or fuel consumed on commercial shipping routes. A 1% saving represents a saving of approximately 13 million tons of CO2 from global shipping in 2013.
Published on Aug 15, 2014
Download the Ocean by Tidetech uses the science of oceanography to create data products designed to save fuel, reduce emissions and improve...