RoPax carriers report fuel savings from FuelOpt

Color Line and Bohai Ferry have reported that the fuel savings their vessels achieved through the use of Lean Marine’s FuelOpt propulsion automation system have ‘exceeded expectations’

In a statement sent to today (10 September), Lean Marine said that, as one of the more public-facing sectors of the industry, passenger ship operators have come under increasing pressure to reduce their emissions – and optimising propulsion can help to do this. The company reports that it has so far been contracted to provide systems for more than 25 RoPax vessels.

Earlier this year, FuelOpt was installed on Color Line’s Color Fantasy and Color Magic. Following full summer operations, Color Line had the lowest weekly consumption ever on Color Magic.

Karl Wisløff, Superintendent at Color Line, commented: ‘We are very happy with our collaboration with Lean Marine. FuelOpt is now installed on board Color Fantasy and Color Magic, the two largest RoPax vessels in the world.’

In 2019, Chinese RoPax operator Bohai Ferry installed FuelOpt on the vessel Bohai Baozhu and the the company has confirmed that vessel has achieved average fuel savings of more than 12% over a period of more than a year.

According Lean Marine, FuelOpt ensures that propulsive power is ‘optimised automatically based on the set commands on power, speed, fuel consumption or a combination thereof’. This, added Lean Marine, ‘removes costly variations in speed and power caused by human operational factors, allowing the vessel to achieve optimal fuel consumption at every given point throughout a voyage’.

For vessels with controllable pitch propellers, FuelOpt acts as a dynamic tuning system for the propulsion machinery to assure that the engine and propeller operate at optimal conditions.

In addition to FuelOpt, Lean Marine also offers the smart performance management and reporting software Fleet Analytics.

According to Mikael Laurin, CEO at Lean Marine: ‘With FuelOpt in operation, up to 15% direct fuel savings and emission reductions are possible depending on the type of propulsion, trade and existing system settings for the vessel. We are extremely happy that the average fuel savings reported by Color Line and Bohai Ferry vessels confirm this and welcome the opportunity for our technology to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions across the global shipping fleet.’

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor