Marine Transportation

Marine transportation is a fragmented segment with a multitude of companies in many countries. This naturally limits innovation. Many options do exist to reduce the fuel consumption of ships. The right design can help lower fuel consumption. The size (4% of savings), the weight (7% of savings), and the ship’s profile (5% of savings) help to reduce the fuel consumed on the ship. Motorization can help, too, notably by reusing the heat produced by the engines, with savings potentially reaching 10%. Propulsion systems offer also potential savings of around 10%. Finally, better management of energy distribution onboard the ships using automated process management could offer 10-15% of fuel savings. The duration of time a ship spends in the harbor also has an impact on the energy it consumes. Most ships need to keep their engines running at very low efficiency levels to power up their auxiliaries while at the dock. A direct supply of electricity from the harbor to the ships at dock is an essential solution to reduce drastically the greenhouse gas emissions and the fuel consumption.

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