Blue Water Marine Services’ Cargo Heating Management System continues to make waves in the heated cargo trade vessels, by consistently optimizing fuel oil consumption and minimizing harmful emissions from boilers during cargo heating operations.
The system recently recorded unprecedented success onboard one of the Aframax tanker that was making a voyage from US Gulf to <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:PLACE w:st=“on”>South East Asia</ST1:PLACE>. The vessel was loaded with 77000 MT of Fuel oil at 41.0 deg Celsius and was scheduled to discharge the cargo at same temperature. Along with the optimized planning and monitoring, it was the cooperation of the vessel crew that reduced average fuel oil consumption for cargo heating to lower than 1 MT/day as compared with the normal benchmark consumption of 6.3 MT/day.
Over the 53 laden days voyage the vessel consumed only 55 MT of fuel oil in the cargo heating operations and registered a net savings of nearly 283 MT against the estimated figure of chartering. This fuel oil savings directly calculate to a financial savings of 82,000 USD over the voyage. There were other substantial operational cost savings as the vessel could sail without making the scheduled stop for bunkers. The added advantages were in terms of lower volume of the emissions from boiler due to reduced heating hours and lower man-hours involved in cargo heating operations during the voyage.
The innovative service that started two years back with a <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION w:st=“on”><ST1:PLACE w:st=“on”>Canada</ST1:PLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> based multinational company, is fast being implemented onboard fleets of leading tanker companies worldwide and is projected to cross savings of more than 3 million USD by the end of the current year. The initiative has been welcomed by ship managers and vessel staff due to its user friendliness and its ability to easily assimilate into the existing shipboard management systems.