Wärtsilä unit Eniram has provided its new energy management technology to the entire La Méridionale fleet.

The technology has enabled France-based La Méridionale to digitalise its current fleet of vessels and achieve significant savings in terms of fuel consumption and emissions.

The partnership between Eniram and La Méridionale is part of Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision initiative, which aims to use digitalisation to better utilise resources with little impact on the environment.

In April 2017, Eniram installed its Trim and Speed solutions on-board Piana, which is a ro-pax ferry operated by La Méridionale.

Piana travels between the French cities of Marseille and Corsica.

During the evaluation period, which ended last year, it was found that Piana saved around 2% in its annual fuel consumption.

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Savings allowed La Méridionale to achieve investment payback for the optimisation tools in just two years.

Fuel consumption savings resulted in a corresponding reduction in exhaust emissions.

“We were able to achieve tangible and sustainable savings, which have been accessed thanks to their advanced products, support and training.”

La Méridionale technical director Christophe Seguinot said: “Performance is one of our core values. To develop our technological capability, we chose Wärtsilä’s Eniram energy management and optimisation technology.

“Together with Wärtsilä, we were able to achieve tangible and sustainable savings, which have been accessed thanks to their advanced products, support and training.

“We will definitely scale these great results to our entire fleet while discovering new possibilities for utilising the data.”

La Méridionale currently operates from the port of Marseille in France.

The operator primarily runs a daily service to Corsica, and a once-weekly service to Sardinia, Italy.