Software Boost for New Edition Vessels

By Vessels

Amazing efficiency is the new calling within shipping industry. Skyrocketing bunker prices and global pressure to reduce vessel emissions is leading the ship industry toward a more environmentally friendly and sustainable future.
In an effort to increase the efficiency of their fleet, Malaysian-based tanker operator AET has ordered the NAPA-DSME Power software system for installation on 4 new-build 320,000 deadweight tonne (DWT) crude carriers currently under construction at Daewoo’s (DSME) shipyard in South Korea.
NAPA-DSME Power has been designed as apart of a collaboration between naval software developer NAPA and DSME, with the companies claiming that it can be used to save up to five percent of a tanker’s fuel expenses. Using sensors integrated within DSME’s latest tanker designs, the system monitors energy efficiency, emissions, fuel consumption and trim. This data is immediately accessible to officers on-board, along with weather updates, arrival times and other key performance indicators to inform decisions and enable efficiency optimisation in real-time.
The software can also be used to help in maintaining compliance with energy and emissions observing and reporting regulations, which are anticipated to grow over the next few years, not least through the upcoming Vessel Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) legislation that takes effect from January 1st 2013.
AET isn't the 1-st firm to benefit from NAPA’s green technology. Halfway across the globe, the navigational officer of a Norwegian Cruise Line vessel enters the destination information of the next port into NAPA Power, a software package which – by integrating the latest weather and sea forecasts – optimises the voyage route and speed profile. The departure loading condition of the vessel is calculated and planned for the optimum energy efficiency using the Onboard-NAPA Loading Computer.
During the cruise, navigational personnel can follow-up in real time the efficiency of the ongoing voyage with NAPA Power. Engineers can easily view the total figures for each passed voyage, enabling them to evaluate different energy conservation methods using NAPA Voyage Reporting which combines NAPA Electronic Logbook data with various items collected automatically from the vessel's automation systems.