Bulkers to be equipped with fuel saving technology

ABB is to install its engine diagnostics software ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT on 12 bulk carriers operated by Shanghai Ming Wah Shipping Co (Shang Ming Wah) following successful trials.

The fleetwide deployment follows a trial on two ships which started in February 2019 and an initial order covering four vessels in June 2019. The order for the remaining eight vessels was received in July this year.

According to ABB, under the initial order, ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT helped Shang Ming Wah save 0.62 tonnes of fuel per day on each of the four ships. One vessel, with a MAN B&W 6S42MC main engine, recorded a fuel saving of 4.3g/kWh, which ABB said highlights the ‘significant fuel consumption advantages’ the software can bring to high-powered engines in particular.

The lower fuel use is expected to lead to a dramatic improvement in environmental performance, reducing fleetwide CO2 emissions by an anticipated 5,800 tonnes a year.

‘ABB is our trusted partner and the Tekomar XPERT digital solution helps our fleet optimise operations while creating a better experience for our customers,’ said Chen Qiuhua, General Manager, Shanghai Ming Wah Ship Management Center.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry