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Project: Slow steaming limits ships’ manoeuvrability

Slow steaming is good for the environment and the economy of the shipping companies. However, slow steaming has its limitations as it ultimately limits a ship’s manoeuvrability. An international project with the participation of the Danish Technological University is analysing the limitations of slow steaming.

Container carriers do it extensively and tankers and dry bulk ships are to do it to a higher degree as everybody agrees that slow steaming or super slow steaming are good ways of strengthening the carriers’ slender coffers and at the same time do something which benefits the environment.

What is challenging is that the ships are nearing the limits as to how much a ship can slow steam as it is starting to affect the manoeuvrability of the ships as the ships lose power and therefore it is more difficult to operate ships and to keep up speed in headsea and headwind especially if the weather is rough.

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