More features for GL’s ECO-Assistant software

16 Sep 2013
Fuel Calculator: The Fuel Calculator predicts fuel consumption for actual load condition, speed and ambient conditions

Fuel Calculator: The Fuel Calculator predicts fuel consumption for actual load condition, speed and ambient conditions

ECO-Assistant, the trim optimisation tool from Germanischer Lloyd’s consulting arm FutureShip, has been updated to include new features, including a fuel consumption calculator, system usage monitoring, benefit reporting and an E-learning module.

According to GL, trim optimisation is one of the most effective tools for enhancing ship fuel efficiency as it offers benefits which have been verified in sea trials, can be easily implemented on existing tonnage and has a payback time which can be measured in months. It is a good fit with SEEMP regulations requiring greater monitoring and documentation.

The new fuel consumption calculator, developed in partnership with Hamburg based ship operator NSC, provides the fuel consumption for an arbitrary sailing condition with one click. It uses the hydrodynamic knowledge base behind the system’s trim optimisation alongside performance data and semi-empirical corrections to provide fuel consumption curves that reflect individual hull fouling, ambient conditions, fuel quality and engine characteristics.

The new reporting feature generates automated PDF reports for periods or voyages, stating usage and achieved savings, which can be used to demonstrate energy efficient operation for SEEMP documentation and between contract partners.

The E-Learning module allows new users to familiarise themselves with ECO-Assistant and ensures that new crew members can be familiarised with the system.

These features have emerged from customer feedback, with users defining how the system can better reflect their needs and help them to perform better. “ECO-Assistant can achieve efficiency improvements of up to 6%. A typical 7,500 TEU container vessel operating at a slow steaming speed can reduce its CO2 emission by 2,740 tons per year by using the system. Additionally, ECO-Assistant can be integrated with a vessel’s cargo planning system to realise even greater fuel saving potential, optimising ballast water management”, said Dr Karsten Hochkirch, head of fluid engineering, FutureShip.

With some 600 installations since its introduction three years ago, ECO-Assistant is claimed to deliver significant energy fuel savings.

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