Pan-European feeder and shortsea operator Unifeeder and vessel-based machine learning solutions supplier GreenSteam are expanding their partnership to help deliver reductions in greenhouse (GHG) emissions from ships.
The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has introduced a strategy focusing on reducing annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least 50 per cent by 2050 compared to the levels in 2008. Digital technology to reduce fuel consumption is one of the most prevalent and promising tactics in pursuing these ambitious targets.
Understanding how to reduce fuel consumption is a complex process which involves several variables. GreenSteam’s platform looks for combinations of variables that mostly affect fuel consumption. Based on these findings, machine learning delivers accurate insights into where large and small efficiency gains can be made and then delivers predictive advice on how to optimise the vessel’s performance.
Unifeeder has engaged various vessel owners in the evaluation and will work closely with them in an on-going data sharing process. Together, the partners are committed to providing shippers with a green identity through fully sustainable transport solutions, that are not only better for the environment but also maximise operational efficiency.
“Unifeeder wants to be an active participant in finding innovative solutions and by partnering with GreenSteam, we are working with a technology leader whose machine learning knowledge can provide significant operational benefits and minimise the environmental impact. Together we have proven the concept through a pilot study and based on the promising results, we are now ready to expand the partnership and deploy the platform to more of our vessels. We are excited to be partnering with a company who shares our values and strives to challenge the industry standards in order to create a positive and lasting change,’’ said Annemette Jepsen, COO of Unifeeder.
“Unifeeder is a business that has been working with us for a few years while the technology got developed, recognising early on the challenges the industry was facing. We use the term partnership because this is an open, on-going and forward-thinking relationship,” said GreenSteam’s chairman Shaun Gray.
“There are many thought leaders in the shipping industry recognising that new challenges will require new solutions and co-operation between Charterers and Owners is required to maximise efficiency. In this regard, Unifeeder has been a pioneer and a fantastic partner to work with and we look forward to continuing our partnership on an expanded basis,” Mr Gray continued.
GreenSteam’s platform, developed over the last decade specifically for the marine sector, is now available with a data-only based service as well as onboard solutions that provide real-time decision support for voyage optimisation.