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OPTIMISATION SAVES FERRY COMPANY 4% IN FUEL COSTS

Monday, August 24, 2020 

Wärtsilä has reported that a profit-sharing contract with French ro-pax operator Brittany Ferries, starting in 2018, has resulted in significant benefits for both companies, resulting in a reduction of exhaust emissions and significant fuel savings.

The initial contract for Trim and Speed energy management and optimisation technology covered three vessels, Cap Finistere, Pont Aven and Honfleur - although the newbuild contract for the LNG-fuelled Honfleur has since been cancelled following delays and financial difficulties at the FSG yard in Germany. More recently, Wärtsilä Voyage received orders for three more ships, Galicia (a newbuild E-flexer class vessel to be chartered from Stena Roro), Mont St. Michel and Armorique. Implementation of the Wärtsilä systems on the Cap Finistere was finalised and fully operational in March 2019.

Within six months, the ferry’s fuel consumption was 4% less than prior to installation. This equates to a reduction of approximately 2,600t of CO2 emissions, according to Brittany Ferries and Wärtsilä calculations. The result underlines Brittany Ferries’ strategic approach to sustainable shipping.

Andrew Rayner, Head of Sales, Key Account Solutions, Wärtsilä Voyage, said: “The result speaks for itself, with a clear relationship being established between the Wärtsilä Voyage optimisation tools and the savings achieved. Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach is focused on delivering high efficiency, environmental sustainability, and cost savings to the customers. This is one more shining example of this commitment.”

The partnership included installation and activation onboard of Eniram Platform, Trim and Speed optimisation systems, Data Access and Analytics services, Mobile Operations services and training. 

Arnaud Le Poulichet, Technical Director, Brittany Ferries, said: “We are delighted with both the fuel savings achieved and the resulting reduction of the ship’s carbon footprint. Our strategy is very much built around environmental performance, and we have already ordered the Wärtsilä Speed and Trim solutions for additional vessels.”  

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