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New Standard Points Way to Reducing Fuel Costs and Emissions

Jotun’s HPS Global Sales Director Stein Kjølberg firmly believes the forthcoming ISO 19030 standard will help enable the shipping industry to operate with enhanced efficiency and environmental performance.

“By creating the standard, the industry will access to proven ways to measure hull and propeller performance, leading to better decisions that will benefit responsible suppliers, owners and the environment,” said Kjølberg.

Addressing delegates at the Fathom Ship Efficiency Conference in London last week, Kjølberg said poor hull and propeller performance is estimated to account for around 10 per cent of the world’s fleet energy costs (USD20 billion). “There are effective solutions for improving performance but, until now, no globally recognised and standardised way for measuring this and providing return on investment for ship owners.”

“Indeed, there’s a multitude of measurement methods being introduced in the market; some quite good, some fairly inaccurate, several of them propriety (black box) and many using their own yardsticks. It is becoming challenging, however, even for the most resourceful to determine which of these methods can be relied upon and which cannot,” he added during the plenary session ‘Maximising Commercial Effectiveness’.

Kjølberg said the standard is intended for all stakeholders that are striving to apply a rigorous, yet practical way of measuring the changes in hull and propeller performance. “It could be ship owners and operators, companies offering performance monitoring, shipbuilders and companies offering hull and propeller maintenance and costings.”

“The advances in measurements will make it easier for decision makers,” emphasised Kjølberg and added, “The new standard will make it possible for buyers and sellers of technologies and solutions that promise improvements in hull performance to make better and quicker decisions. It will also make it easier for both to better align interests with third parties,” and referred to actual cases during his presentation.

The official publication of the standard is expected later this month, and comes close on the heels of the IMO MEPC 70 decision to implement a global sulphur cap of 0.50% in 2020 and to limit Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions from ships’ exhaust gases in the Baltic Sea. A similar proposal from the North Sea countries was also approved. The new regulations will likely increase the use of green shipping technology and the take-up of voluntary schemes to achieve emission reductions.

Image: Stein Kjølberg, seen here addressing delegates at the Fathom Ship Efficiency Conference. Photo credit: Fathom Maritime Intelligence

Author: Stuart Brewer, Partner and Communication Consultant at Beacon Communications

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