Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hanjin Shipping have signed an agreement to conduct joint research on ship energy efficiency management and fleet management.
Under the agreement, the firms will jointly carry out research and development (R&D) work on an integrated energy management system called the Vessel Portal Service (VPS).
The system will help to analyse and manage the energy consumption of a vessel, as well as reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%. It will be used on Hanjin’s 4,600 teu-class container ship, which will be built by SHI in May 2013, and a full-scale test will be conducted by the end of 2016.
The initiative will meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) tightening environmental regulations, including guidelines on the construction of high-efficiency vessels and operations to regulate CO2 emissions.
Technological expertise from SHI and Hanjin’s ship and fleet management knowledge will be combined in the project.
Both companies intend to combine green technology with an advanced navigation system to help shipping companies overcome the economic slowdown.
The VPS has been designed to reduce fuel consumption via monitoring, analysis and management of factors affecting the vessel’s fuel efficiency, including the navigation route, trim, engines, motor power and emissions.
Combined in the VPS are the functions of a navigation route optimisation system, a trim optimisation system and an energy efficiency operation indicator (EEOI), as well as an analysis system.
Prior to signing the deal, both companies carried out tests on their trim optimisation technology via joint R&D programmes using 8,000teu and 10,000teu container vessels.
Image: SHI executive vice president of the Marine Research Institute Seung-Myeon Hwangbo and Hanjin vice president of the Marine Affairs Group Jae-Sun Jeong at the agreement signing. Photo: courtesy of Samsung Heavy Industries.