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COSCO agrees fleet-wide performance optimisation deal

Marorka regional director Soh Wikki, and Hou Li Ping, deputy managing director, COSCO Shipping Lines Marorka regional director Soh Wikki, and Hou Li Ping, deputy managing director, COSCO Shipping Lines

COSCO Shipping Lines and Marorka have signed a fleet-wide contract which will see the Chinese shipping giant deploy Marorka’s Energy Management and Operational Performance systems on board all of its container vessels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The decision to implement the system across the fleet is the result of verification of performance improvement results achieved during pilot projects, the Chinese company said.

“After two years of continuous monitoring and comparison of the pilot vessels with others in the same series, we see a clear difference between ships with advanced Marorka optimisation tools and those without,” said Capt Qian Feng, manager of COSCO’s Global Marine Operating Centre.

“We have verified that Marorka’s solution has helped crews make better decisions, leading to fuel savings and other operational improvements.”

Alongside this contract, COSCO Shipping Lines and Marorka have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic working relationship that will see both parties working to promote a higher level of efficiency in energy management and operational performance for the COSCO container fleet.

The primary focus is to ensure the delivery of an energy management system for optimisation of trim, speed and machinery, along with performance monitoring for the container fleet.

Fridtjof Rohde, CSO of Marorka, notes that the MoU also includes the support of change management activities.

“We at Marorka are convinced that better communication between ship and shore, effective crew training, incentive schemes and close steering of energy management activities will allow our customer, COSCO Shipping Lines, to obtain higher target achievement rates,” he said.

A core element of the project is the implementation of a data analysis strategy through the establishment of a Fleet Performance Centre and Data Backup Centre, for COSCO to oversee and monitor fleet operational performance to improve fleet efficiency and to facilitate access to the company’s fleet data.{/mprestriction}

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