The new environmental regulations and the shipowners' desire to reduce sailing costs are working side by side to push forward the development energy efficient solutions. Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Head of Maersk Maritime Technology (MMT), tells ShippingWatch that the retrofit wave is still only getting bigger, and that the developments in recent years still only constitutes the first major step in an extensive energy revolution. At Maersk Line and Maersk Tankers, super slow steaming has made a big difference.
"The journey that we've been on for the past 3-4 years has brought us far in terms of energy efficiency, but there's still a long way to go. You might say that we've reaped some of the low-hanging fruits in relation to, for instance, speed control," says Bo Cerup-Simonsen, explaining how one can save colossal amounts of fuel by reducing the number of engine revolutions, and how through specialized monitoring and engine operations one can ensure that the engines can handle the otherwise unusually low load in the long term. And in developing the engines, the cooperation with suppliers and classification companies has played an important part.