1,000th SEEMP for GL's FutureShip

22 Nov 2012
Presentation of the 1,000th FutureShip SEEMP certificate (from left to right): Aristidis Efstathiou, GL business development manager area Southern Europe, Athanasios Reisopoulos, GL area manager, Philippos Efstathiou, owner of EFNAV, Pantelis Chondros, technical manager of EFNAV, Stefanos Betsikas, operations manager of EFNAV

Presentation of the 1,000th FutureShip SEEMP certificate (from left to right): Aristidis Efstathiou, GL business development manager area Southern Europe, Athanasios Reisopoulos, GL area manager, Philippos Efstathiou, owner of EFNAV, Pantelis Chondros, technical manager of EFNAV, Stefanos Betsikas, operations manager of EFNAV

Despite some indications to the contrary, Germanischer Lloyd believes that compliance with the incoming requirement for a ship energy efficiency management plan (SEEMP) is a high priority for many ship operators.

GL’s maritime consulting subsidiary, FutureShip, has developed a template-based solution designed to assist owners and operators in meeting the new regulations, which enter into force on 1 January 2013. The SEEMP Solution is said to help them to meet the challenge of improving vessel fuel efficiency in accordance with this incoming regulation, while increasing cost competitiveness. FutureShip has now delivered its 1,000th SEEMP, a milestone which was marked by a presentation ceremony in Athens to shipping company EFNAV.

Envisioned as a management tool to assist a company in improving energy efficiency of ships in operation, a SEEMP must be specific for each ship in a fleet and should be used together with established environmental management systems. According to GL, the SEEMP allows companies to reduce fuel consumption through simple operational measures and making investments that can improve performance and pay off in reduced costs.

"Excellent service and the shortest lead-time were, alongside a competitive price, the main reasons to go with FutureShip as our partner for implementation of a SEEMP. We ensure that we will have zero hassle with Port State Control after implementation, while at same time my team in supported in making energy saving part of their daily routines," said EFNAV's technical manager, Pantelis Chondros.

FutureShip says it has already demonstrated that implementing a SEEMP can have extremely beneficial results when a comprehensive system of continuous improvement is introduced. The consulting scheme is complemented by FutureShip's ECO-Assistant, a CFD-based trim optimisation tool.

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