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Study shows vast majority of industry wants standards for fuel consumption measurement

A large majority in the shipping industry wants a common standardised methodology to measure fuel consumption, according to a research by University College London’s Energy Institute (UCL-Energy).

The UCL-Energy researchers collated 130 responses obtained last summer from ship owner-operators, ship owners, management companies and charterers based mainly in Europe and Asia. They found that 87% of respondents consider it important to measure emissions using a standard methodology. However, only one quarter believe that any new standard should be mandatory within IMO regulations.

The study was commissioned by International Paint, which is part of AkzoNobel, with preliminary findings published today.

“The survey responses demonstrate that there is already significant activity both in the implementation of fuel measurement procedures and retrofitting activity, however, there is also a strong need for a common standard measurement methodology with which assessments of intervention’s fuel savings can be quantified,” note the authors of the report, Isabelle Rojon and Tristan Smith.

“The results also highlighted the need that any measurement methodology be inclusive of all stakeholder’s measurement technologies and techniques and can be applied to assess any retrofit technology (hydrodynamic devices, machinery, propellers, fuel and hull coatings).”

Trevor Solomon, business manager at International Paint, said: “The majority want a common and transparent vessel performance standard that covers the full spectrum of current and impending eco-efficient technologies – an issue currently being discussed in the ISO working group developing a clean technology performance standard.”

The report, ‘On the attitudes and opportunities of fuel consumption monitoring and measurement within the shipping industry and the identification and validation of energy efficiency and performance interventions’, can be downloaded here.

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