Maersk trials air lubrication technology on large containership

Maersk trials air lubrication technology on large containership

A.P. Moller – Maersk is participating in a trial to ascertain how much fuel can be saved on one of its large containerships by using air lubrication technology. 

Wärtsilä and Silverstream Technologies will install Silverstream’s Air Lubrication System, the Silverstream System, on the vessel owned by A.P. Moller – Maersk. The trial will examine possible improvements to the ship’s overall efficiency, focusing on the reduction of fuel consumption and associated emission levels.

The programme will have a special emphasis on the potential application of the system for methanol-fuelled Maersk vessels. The ultimate aim of all three companies is to support efforts to decarbonise shipping operations. The order was placed by Maersk in May 2021.

Silverstream’s Air Lubrication System creates a carpet of microbubbles that coat the entire flat bottom of the vessel. This carpet reduces frictional resistance between the hull and the water. The technology works in all maritime conditions, is not weather dependent, and does not constrain or negatively impact the normal operational profile of the vessel.

“We are delighted that A.P. Moller – Maersk is backing our market leading technology, which is proven to significantly improve operational efficiency and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions. We also wish to thank Wärtsilä for their collaboration in the delivery of this integrated solution,” stated Noah Silberschmidt, founder & CEO, Silverstream Technologies.

Bernd Bertram, vice president, propulsion, Wärtsilä Marine Power, commented: “Everything that we do today inevitably sets the future for coming generations, so we need to act in a positive way to ensure that decarbonising vessel propulsion is an effective priority for the industry. This is a view that is shared by Maersk, a company with whom we have worked closely for many years. Silverstream’s Air Lubrication System is an important stepping stone along this path.”

The Wärtsilä / Silverstream equipment will be delivered during the second quarter of 2022.