Jung Hong-won of Korea and Finland's Alexander Stubb attended a ceremony in Seoul to mark the occasion during a visit by Finland’s Prime Minister accompanied by a Finnish business delegation. Also in attendance were vice president, head of basic design team at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Odin Kwon, and president of NAPA Group, Juha Heikinheimo.
NAPA has been working with shipbuilder DSME to provide fuel optimisation software to the international shipping industry since early 2011. As part of DSME's Green Ship concept, the collaboration aims to support efforts to reduce bunker fuel costs, the highest expense in running a modern vessel.
The NAPA-DSME Power system is used to obtain the optimal trim, route, speed profile and engine configuration for any given voyage. It also includes an office platform which provides an overview of fleet efficiency, with tools for analysis of hull and engine performance, and assistance in managing Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP).
NAPA-DSME says that this data is made accessible to officers on board as well as teams ashore to aid decisions and enable efficiency optimisation in ‘real-time’.
“NAPA-DSME Power is integral to our Green Ship concept and it is a significant milestone that the system has now been part of 50 newbuild vessel deals,” said Odin Kwon, DSME.
“This illustrates the increasing focus on fuel efficiency across the industry by its direct contribution to fuel consumption reduction, and today we were able to demonstrate to Mr Hung-won and his Finnish counterpart how our shipyard is fundamental to facilitating this trend.”
Juha Heikinheimo of NAPA noted that the use of eco-efficiency software could lead to significant savings in ship operating costs, which can be validated through the accompanying data.
“Taking into account the quantity of fuel burned daily by ships, even a 3 per cent saving in fuel consumption results in remarkable cost savings meaning these systems represent a significant opportunity for owners and operators,” he said.
“NAPA is privileged to be part of the development of programmes that have such a huge economic impact and positive environmental effect by providing eco-efficiency and safety solutions for our customers around the world.”
“In Korea, NAPA’s Busan office has been operational for a number of years and it offers a strong platform to support and serve our Korean customers and partners in both ship building and shipping.”