Fleet in service – exploit its potential, control costs: Area of adverse weather increases fuel costs

By Peter Pospiech at October 03, 2013 04:13
Filed Under: drive systems, Fuels & Lubes, General
Fuel consumption and time are an important factor when planning ship routes. But more and more also actual weather conditions are considered. Wind and waves have a significant impact on operating costs of fleets in service. Unfavourable conditions cause higher fuel consumption, delays and often also damages on ships or cargo. Even if the vessels captain cannot change the weather he has avoidance strategies on hand to bypass the area of adverse weather or can adapt the vessels speed to reach the expected danger area before or after the bad weather phase.  Storm and high waves increases time and fuel costs - but they can be purposefully bypassed The magic word is “Weather Routing”. Intelligent weather-routing can remarkably reduce these additional costs with less expense. Modern weather-routing software uses weather-, waves- and disturbances information as well as vessel hydrodynamic details for ships specific routing recommendations at minimal drive power and optimized... [More]

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