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"How to make ships more efficient?" -- this was the key
question posed by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) at the
Nor-Shipping trade fair in Oslo.
At a press conference, the classification society and technical
assurance and consulting company informed attendees of its green
initiatives, current market developments as well as new design and
"Reducing the environmental impact of shipping in order to
upgrade its image as an environmentally friendly mode of
transportation, is one of the most important topics for the
maritime industry," Dr Hermann J. Klein, Member of the GL
Executive Board, said at the press conference. "We understand that
the commercial pressures for ship owners will continue to rise in
particular due to a number of regulatory requirements. Therefore,
energy efficiency continues to gain in importance." To prepare for
such challenges, GL established its new subsidiary "FutureShip".
FutureShip offers a catalogue of services with a common
objective: optimising ships, both those in operation and those yet
to be built. Dr Klein: "To streamline our energy efficiency offerings
Germanischer Lloyd has integrated the expertise of its
recently-acquired subsidiary Friendship Consulting, Germany, into
the FutureShip pool of resources." Services also comprise the
FuelSaver programme, including CO2-analysis (ECO-Patterns) and
operational fuel consumption analysis (ECO-Practices) services.
Greatest savings during design phase
While there are significant savings from operational and low-level
technical changes, the greatest savings generally can be achieved
when engineering optimisations are taken into account. Most ships
were designed for operating conditions that are no longer valid. For
example, a ship with a design speed of 25 knots might be operated at
18 knots in today's environment. Since its bulbous bow is not
optimised for this speed, the generated wave patterns cause the water
resistance to increase. As a result, fuel costs rise.
But hull lines and bulbous bows alone are not the only
determinants of resistance. That is why FutureShip's ECO-Chances
is designed to provide a holistic evaluation of a ship. Utilising
advanced software tools, such as FutureShip's dedicated flow
simulation/optimisation tools and powerful parametric modelling
software, experts assess the ship from top to bottom to identify the
most promising focus areas for optimisation. A typical evaluation
might result in a series of five to six engineering options that offer
significant fuel savings. These are presented with estimates of
expected savings as well as estimated return on investment.
Some of the suggested options may require additional
engineering before implementation. However, hydrodynamic
optimisations, for example, often require detailed studies by
experienced engineers with advanced software tools in order to
optimise results. For these situations, FutureShip offers the services
of their engineering experts and partners in the form of its
A vision for a new container vessel
The drive for more energy efficiency in shipping, naturally calls
for optimised ship designs. "Therefore, it is also time to think
about an even more sophisticated container vessel," Torsten
Schramm, COO and Executive Vice President Europe/Middle
East/Africa, said at the press conference. He introduced the
company's vision of a future baby post-Panamax vessel. The vessel
is wider than the Panama canal locks, offers a TEU capacity similar
to the latest Panamax (max) designs but would operate at
significantly lower costs and needs less ballast.
"Exploring the design space for container vessels beyond the
Panama canal limit leads to promising design concepts," Mr
Schramm concluded. "A baby post-Panamax design offers greatly
reduced operating costs. These benefits increase even further with
lower service speeds."
Extended network in Norway
Since the merger in April 2009, Germanischer Lloyd and Noble
Denton, the world-class provider of life-cycle marine and offshore
engineering services, operate jointly in Norway.
Noble Denton, especially, is represented strongly, with
subsidiaries based in Oslo, Brevik and Sandefjord. The local
engineering experts carry out design of FPSO semi-submersible rigs,
sophisticated tankers and service vessels, offer highly qualified
engineering services within naval architecture, marine- and topside
engineering and contractor services and are particularly
experienced in FPSO conversions and the construction business.
Furthermore, Noble Denton in Norway offers high-quality research
and development, engineering and project management.
The GL network also extends to the maritime stations in Oslo,
Aalesund and Bergen. On the whole, more than 125 marine and
engineering experts are now available to serve customers in
Norway with another 55 based in the rest of Scandinavia.
For further information contact:
Germanischer Lloyd, Germany.
GL presents new options to save fuel costs at Nor-Shipping 2009
Germanischer Lloyd's FuelSaver and FutureShip programmes reduce the
impact of shipping on both the environment and the hip pocket
Just two years after completing the first PSPC gap analysis in a
Chinese shipyard, Lloyd's Register and a paint manufacturer
are proud to announce the completion of the one hundredth
analysis at STX France Cruise, Saint-Nazaire.
Conducted over a two-day period by personnel from Lloyd's
Register, the paint company and STX France Cruise, Saint-Nazaire,
the PSPC gap analysis assesses current shipyard coating practices
against PSPC requirements. Lloyd's Register and the paint company
then jointly deliver a presentation to shipyard senior management
and departmental managers. The presentation to all functions is a
key aspect of the analysis and is specifically designed to help the
shipyard understand that to meet the requirements of the PSPC
and maximise shipbuilding efficiency all departments, for example,
design, procurement, quality, steelwork, outfitting and production,
need to be involved not just the paint department.
For further information contact:
Lloyd's Register, UK. Web: www.lr.org
A certificate is presented to STX France Cruise, Saint-Nazaire by Lloyd's
Register, commemorating the one hundredth gap analysis
Lloyd's Register's PSPC initiative completes one-hundredth gap analysis
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