German ship operator Neu Seeschiffahrt and Yara Marine technologies (YMT) have signed an agreement to install Yara’s propulsion optimisation technology FuelOpt across Neu Seeschiffahrt’s fleet of six Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOCs) and two recently acquired Newcastlemax vessels.
The FuelOpt system can be retrofitted onto existing vessels or installed on newbuilds and is compatible with any type of propeller or engine. Compatible with all existing and future fuels, the system reduces fuel consumption and associated emissions by automatically adapting the vessel’s propulsive power to real-time environmental conditions. This eliminates costly variations in speed and power without necessitating additional personnel onboard. The result is a pathway to regulatory compliance, with the added benefit of reducing operating expenditures.
William Wallace, MD and COO Neu Seeschiffahrt, said: “Reducing fuel consumption without sacrificing efficiency is the simplest route to futureproofing cost-effective and sustainable operations. This agreement with Yara Marine Technologies is part of the new management’s vision to develop a fuel efficient and competitive fleet as we continue to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation services to our customers in the steel and mining industries worldwide. We look forward to working together and collaborating on further solutions in the coming years.”
Vessels retrofitted with FuelOpt have all performance and navigational data logged automatically in the vessel’s performance management and reporting software. This data can be synchronised with fleet management software — such as Yara Marine’s Fleet Analytics or third-party systems — to enable ship owners and operators to address the reporting requirements for EEXI and year-on-year CII improvements.
Aleksander Askeland, Chief Sales Officer, Yara Marine Technologies said: “Our industry’s shift to greener operations benefits us all — and we are proud to offer a range of technological solutions that are viable, immediate and futureproof ways to decarbonise shipping. It is always a pleasure to work closely with clients who are committed to taking immediate action on emission reductions. Our industry’s shift to greener operations benefits us all — and we are proud to offer a range of technological solutions that are viable, immediate and futureproof ways to decarbonise shipping. We look forward to supporting Neu Seeschiffahrt on their compliance and sustainability journey.”
In addition to Neu Seeschiffahrt, YMT has worked with companies including Neste, Ardmore, Teekay, Stenersen, Donsötank, Stolt Tankers, and Ektank to provide fuel savings via FuelOpt across both short sea and deep-sea operation.