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First commercial installation of ClassNK-NAPA GREEN

Japanese classification society ClassNK and Finnish software company NAPA have announced that Taiwan-based Wan Hai Lines has chosen their ship efficiency software for use on a recently delivered containership.

This marks the first time that the ClassNK-NAPA GREEN system will be installed commercially on a vessel. The software offers a set of tools for trim, speed and route optimisation in order to save fuel.

It is already in use as part of verification testing on a container vessel operated by Japan’s Shoei Kisen, but will be commercially installed for the first time on Wan Hai 516, a 4,680 TEU vessel delivered by CSBC shipyards in April 2013.

ClassNK and NAPA say that they developed the software to help owners and operators reduce fuel costs and CO2 emissions, and to comply with new IMO SEEMP (Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan) requirements which entered into force at the beginning of 2013.

“Improving the fuel efficiency of our vessels is one of the most important challenges we face as an operator today,” said Sanders Jong, vice president Marine Division, Wan Hai Lines.

“After examining a variety of technologies, we chose the ClassNK-NAPA GREEN system based on its comprehensive and user-friendly set of tools for trim, speed and route optimisation, as well as for the dynamic performance model, which we hope will allow us to achieve a higher level of environmental and economic ship management.”

Yasushi Nakamura, executive vice president of ClassNK, noted: “Owners today are facing the twin challenges of new regulations and rising fuel costs. As the world’s largest classification society, it is our mission to help owners address these problems, and that is why we teamed up with NAPA to create ClassNK-NAPA GREEN.”

“We are already seeing the amazing potential of these systems in our verification tests with vessel owners and NAPA, and this commercial application marks another major milestone in our efforts to help owners improve the efficiency of their operations.”

Juha Heikinheimo, president of NAPA Group, said: “Following on the success of our verification tests, we are proud to be able to partner with Wan Hai Lines for this first commercial application of ClassNK-NAPA GREEN.”

“ClassNK-NAPA GREEN offers many powerful tools for improving the efficiency of ship operations. We expect the jointly developed Dynamic Performance Model included in ClassNK-NAPA GREEN to open up a new era for real-time monitoring and efficiency optimisation in the shipping industry.”

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