Eniram, a Wärtsilä company and French ferry operator La Méridionale, have taken steps to digitalise La Méridionale’s fleet with the help of the latest energy management technology.
This partnership is in line with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, which through the extensive use of digitalisation, will enable the efficient use of resources with the least possible impact on the environment.
The ‘Piana’, a ropax that travels between Marseille and Corsica, was equipped with Eniram Trim and Speed solutions in April, 2017. The evaluation period, which ended in summer 2018, resulted in annualised fuel savings of around 2%.
These savings enable a return on investment in just two years. The savings analysis showed a clear relationship between the rate of usage of the optimisation tools and the savings achieved. The reduction in fuel consumption also delivers a corresponding reduction in exhaust emissions.
“Performance is one of our core values. To develop our technological capability, we chose Wärtsilä’s Eniram energy management and optimisation technology. Together with Wärtsilä, we were able to achieve tangible and sustainable savings, which have been accessed thanks to their advanced products, support and training. We will definitely scale these great results to our entire fleet while discovering new possibilities for utilising the data,” explained Christophe Seguinot, Technical Director, La Méridionale.
“This is an excellent case of successful co-operation between Wärtsilä and the customer. By working closely with La Méridionale, we have been able to evolve our products to meet the specific needs of ferry operations, and we appreciate La Méridionale’s positive support throughout this process. We look forward to applying the experience to the rest of their fleet,” added Andrew Rayner, Senior Sales Manager, Eniram.