Vessel performance optimisation comes to London June 20
THE Vessel Performance Optimisation VPO Forum in London on June 20 will investigate how a ship can be optimised from the initial design concept to its daily operation and identify how crew can be motivated to ensure the vessel is operated to its maximum efficiency
THE Vessel Performance Optimisation VPO Forum in London on June 20 will investigate how a ship can be optimised from the initial design concept to its daily operation and identify how crew can be motivated to ensure the vessel is operated to its maximum efficiency.
Optimisation of vessels is necessary to reduce fuel consumption, lower shipping's environmental footprint and increase sustainability of the entire operational chain.
There are a multitude of ways that ships can be optimised, starting with the initial concept design and use of a digital twin, through to the installation of various technologies and monitoring software, and the way the crew are trained to enhance the operational efficiency of a vessel.
The speakers at the event will focus on the design of a ship and the location of its components that have a significant influence on its fuel consumption. Scrubbers, ballast tanks and LNG conversions all change the dynamics of a ship and affect the way it consumes its fuel.
Also under the spotlight will be the performance of a ship in terms of how the crew operate the vessel and their understanding of a technically fit vessel, the status of equipment and management for best performance. The integration of technology into human operations and investing in seafarer training are vital to enhance the efficiency of the entire shipping operation.
And with the 2020 Global Sulphur Cap fast approaching, the shipping industry is considering which fuels or which technologies best suit their operations. One important aspect of this is whether bunker suppliers are prepared for the fuel demands and whether shipyards have the capacity for retrofits or ship conversions.
A third discussion session will address these questions and address the risk of fuel contamination when switching fuels. It will also look at whether batteries for short-sea shipping will be a viable option for commercial ships post 2020.