Optimising energy efficiency during the newbuild concept phase
Two aspects are key when optimising a maritime transport system; the design of the transport system and the design of the ships. Studies indicate that more than half of the energy efficiency savings potential is associated with the transport system. Decisions related to routes, fleet composition, ship capacities and speed highly influence the fuel consumption relative to the transport work carried out. Developing a realistic operating profile true to real-life operation will ensure that the vessel design may be matched to actual needs and running conditions, thus producing a more energy efficient vessel. Operating profiles will vary with the trading route and should thus be carefully fitted to the vessel type under consideration.