Lean Marine offers proven solutions for fuel-saving and increased operational efficiency for the marine industry, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of operating a vessel. So far, automated and direct fuel-saving system FuelOpt™ and smart performance management and reporting software, Fleet Analytics™, have been contracted for 180+ vessels, representing 45+ different ship owners worldwide. This means that Lean Marine’s technology, on these vessels, will achieve 167 million kgs CO2 reduction per year.
Although promising initiatives and development projects are taking place within alternative fuels and wind-assisted propulsion technologies for a greener and much more sustainable shipping industry in the short term, we must tackle the very large existing fleet of vessels with solutions that are available now.
Our planet cannot wait. Lean Marine’s goal is to reduce the environmental impact of vessel operations. To achieve this, we focus on two key axes that are highly effective to reach their goals of higher vessel performance and lower consumption right-away: propulsion automation via FuelOpt™ to optimize operational efficiency enabling direct fuel saving and performance management via Fleet Analytics™ to improve operational execution.
FuelOpt™ offers ship-owners/operators the potential for greater propulsion operational efficiency at the push of a button, with minimal crew time required, via a very simple and user-friendly panel on the bridge.
FuelOpt™ achieves real-time fuel savings by controlling vessel propulsion and making sure that propulsive power is optimized automatically based on the set commands on power, speed, fuel consumption, or a combination thereof. This 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. The system achieves this by controlling the propeller’s pitch and RPM separately to produce a maximum amount of propeller thrust with a minimum amount of power.
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 aiming to have a quick return on investment time for our clients, ideally less than a year.
Additionally, FuelOpt™ leverages the power of digitalization for fleet performance management without any additional cost to the ship-owner. The system gathers and creates a big amount of engine/propulsion performance data, which is turned into knowledge by smart performance management and reporting software Fleet Analytics™, empowering organizations to become ‘lean’ and take fact-based decisions for more efficient vessel operation.
Through its automatic environmental and voyage reports, Fleet Analytics™ helps to reduce reporting workload onboard and ashore. Its performance management features, with aggregated fleet views and status information, allow onshore personnel to gain insight about the operational performance at vessel and fleet level. Having a better understanding of a fleet’s performance enables ship owners and operators to learn from the previous voyages and improve the next ones, hence reduce operating costs and emissions.
Going further, if the FuelOpt™ system is used with Lean Marine’s vessel performance management and reporting software Fleet Analytics™, additional indirect fuel savings and emission reductions of up to 10% are possible.
Combining FuelOpt™ and Fleet Analytics™ provides a remarkable solution for ship optimization resulting in fuel savings and reduced emission, hence saving our planet’s resources.