• 2019 June 13 08:56

    Miros launches six-month project to test its new fuel efficiency technology

    The new technology adds another piece to the fuel efficiency puzzle by contributing to reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions on all ship types. Pilot customer BW Dry Cargo believes they can achieve up to 10% fuel savings by leveraging accurate speed through water measurements, Miros said on Tuesday.

    Whether the price of marine fuel is up or down, fuel costs will always be the biggest expense in operating a ship – as much as 50-60% of operating costs[1]. No matter the cost, ever-tightening regulations demanding emissions reduction will continue to drive owners and operators to seek measures for reductions in fuel consumption and the resulting emissions.

    Now Miros launches Miros Speed Through Water, a dry-mounted, radar-based system used to optimise hull speed with far greater accuracy than is possible with underwater measurement devices.

    “Access to accurate speed through water data will enable improvements in the application of ship performance optimisation protocols. This, in turn, will lead to significant cost efficiencies for ship owners. This is a breakthrough in efficient and data-driven ship performance management and an important contribution to ambitious goals for lowering emissions in the industry,” says Miros CEO, Andreas Brekke.

    As a part of a 6-month pilot-project, BW Dry Cargo is testing the new technology on their BW Rye newbuild. The initial results of the pilot are promising, and BW Dry Cargo’s Managing Director, Christian Bonfils, believes Miros’ technology can contribute to significant fuel savings for the company. “I estimate up to 10% fuel savings using Miros Speed Through Water, which is a lot,” he says.

    Accurate Data for Optimal Vessel Performance

    Accurate speed through water measurements are essential for optimising performance, as well as avoiding operation at suboptimal speeds, with the resulting additional costs. “Using underwater instrumentation on moving vessels involves many uncertainty factors, everything from incorrect calibration to fouling, that can lead to unreliable measurements,” says Senior Sensor Development Manager Rune Gangeskar of Miros, adding that underwater equipment also requires expensive and time-consuming installation and maintenance procedures.

    Using Miros’ X-band radar-based sensors mounted above the waterline eliminates these issues whilst providing more accurate and more reliable measurement of a ship’s speed through water.

    Fuel Savings by the Ton

    The accuracy of Miros Speed Through Water measurements for a vessel in transit is typically 5cm/s, whilst noise and disturbance from vessel motion and propellers can give speed logs variances of between 10cm/s and several m/s. “Just a couple of knots on the speed vs. consumption curve can easily increase the daily fuel consumption of a ship by several tons,” says Gangeskar.

    He sums up the new offering: “In recent years Miros has made significant advances in the accuracy of wave and current measurements. Now these advantages can be applied to vessel fuel optimisation. For both cost savings and environmental compliance, the improved accuracy can have a significant impact.”

    Miros is a technology company that specialises in measuring the ocean surface. The company provides sensors and systems for environmental monitoring to the global offshore and maritime industry. Miros’ portfolio of dry sensors provides accurate, real-time data for weather sensitive operations offshore, as well as offering input to asset integrity systems and coastal monitoring. The primary applications of Miros’ sensors include wave and current monitoring and oil spill detection.




2019 June 25

09:46 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 25
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,258 points

2019 June 24

18:05 Training Montenegro to combat oil spills
17:50 Four cruise ships visit the Port of Riga at the same time
17:27 Finnish Government proposes supplementary appropriation of EUR 40 million for basic infrastructure management
17:05 Austal delivers third guardian class patrol boat to the Australian Department of Defence
16:47 Incat Crowther announces contract to design a 65m catamaran passenger ferry
16:46 Construction and operation of dual-fuel ships has low economic efficiency – USC President
16:45 Maersk Drilling completes sale of jack-up Mærsk Giant
16:24 USC set to build floating electricity-generating facilities running on LNG supplied by bunkering ships
16:03 Van Oord and Mammoet enter into cooperation with scale-up Verton
15:45 United Shipbuilding Corporation to launch the first LNG-powered ferry for Ust-Luga – Baltijsk line in late July
15:30 United Shipbuilding Corporation establishes USC-Propulsion and USC-Interior subdivisions
15:03 MOL signs deal on a long-term charter contract to utilize "MOL FSRU Challenger" for Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project
14:42 New USC Vice-President, Civil Shipbuilding, to get into office on 10 July 2019
14:21 USC expects its Astrakhan cluster to build 12 river-sea class ships per year
14:03 Yang Ming announces new China-Thailand direct service
13:37 Port of Rotterdam Authority to collaborate with four new companies
13:25 Igor Vasilyev appointed as Acting General Director of FTI Rostransmodernizatsiya
13:02 ARIES gained ABS Certification: Middle East 1 st Remote Inspection Techniques specialist
12:20 BC Ferries releases year-end results
12:10 Keel laid for the first of Damen’s revolutionary new FCS 7011 Crew Change
11:56 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 15,377 in RF spot market
11:29 FESCO to launch new container train to China via Far East overland route
10:58 Southern Center of Shipbuilding and Ship Repair acquired property of Krasniye Barrikady plant
10:35 Satti floating drilling unit owned by Kazmortransflot delivered to Azerbaijan
10:13 Throughput of Chinese ports grew by 4.1% to 5.5 billion tonnes in Jan-May’2019
09:53 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning June, 24
09:52 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.4% to $64.71, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $57.82
09:34 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 7.7% to 7.55 million TEUs in Jan-May’2019
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,239 points

2019 June 23

16:29 INPEX submits revised plan of development for Abadi LNG Project
15:13 Oceanwide Expeditions: Hondius sister ship m/v Janssonius ordered for 2021
14:19 CMA CGM announces FAK rates on Asia - Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka service
13:46 Coast Guard rescues five from capsized boat in Chesapeake Bay
12:43 Danske Commodities signs 20-year PPA with Hywind Scotland wind farm
10:29 TMC sets up office to support Chinese yards

2019 June 22

15:24 AAPA selects Christopher Connor as its new CEO
12:37 TMC contracted by VARD to supply marine compressors for Viking Cruises' vessels
11:23 ABS to class first ‘tri-fueled’ vessel for Harvey Gulf
10:13 Port of Oakland steps up as ships carry bigger loads than ever
10:05 Coast Guard responds to barge aground in Naknek, Alaska

2019 June 21

18:07 Austal gets Navy's modification to littoral combat ship contract
18:04 MODEC awarded Letter of Intent by Petrobras related to Búzios 5 FPSO
17:58 Frontline announces acquisition of VLCC resale and two LR2 newbuildings
17:56 BC Ferries adds extra sailings for the summer
17:55 Maritime Anti-Corruption Network to develop Global Port Integrity Index and Scale Up Collective Action in West Africa
17:37 Siemens Gamesa receives first offshore wind preferred supplier nomination in Japan: up to 455 MW for Obayashi Corporation
17:12 Krasnoye Sormovo launches final RSD59 ship in a series four units ordered by STLC
16:38 Ships of RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet involved in exercises in the Sea of Japan
16:26 Government of Canada enters into negotiations with Chantier Davie for construction of two ferries
16:14 Standic expands with state-of-the-art chemical storage terminal in Port of Antwerp
15:50 Klaipedos Nafta announced call for Chief Executive Officer
14:27 Safety management training takes centre stage
14:26 USCG says Polar Security Cutter to be homeported at Seattle
14:03 Maersk to offer customers carbon-neutral transport
13:35 LUKOIL’s dividends payable for 2018 will be RUB 250 per ordinary share
13:15 Anthony Veder expands fleet with taking in five gas carriers from GATX
13:12 HELCOM’s Executive Secretary to step down in August 2019
12:48 Novotrans acquired stevedoring company operating Ro-Ro ferry facility at the port of Ust-Luga