Wärtsilä and Carnival Corp join forces to aid de-carbonisation

2022-04-28T12:18:46+00:00 April 28th, 2022|Technology|

Carnival Corp has signed up to Wärtsilä’s new de-carbonisation modelling service.

Initially asked to establish an optimal de-carbonisation path for the 142,000 gt cruise ship ‘Regal Princess’ (pictured), the project will be expanded to model solutions, which could be applied to the entire Carnival fleet.

The contract was signed in December last year and the project commenced in February, 2022.

Under this programme, a digital model of ‘Regal Princess’ will be created by combining operational data from several different sources. Modelling capabilities and machine-learning algorithms, developed by Wärtsilä, will deliver detailed vessel operational data analysis.

This model will be used to simulate the impact of several technologies. A specific focus will be given to E-start, Wärtsilä’s patented electric smokeless start solution, as well as the Wärtsilä HY hybrid power concept with energy storage.

The simulations will identify the most beneficial retrofittable solution, while minimising the required installation.

“At Carnival Corp we are totally committed to de-carbonising our operations,” explained Chris Millman, the Group’s Vice President, Corporate Marine Technology. “A systematic, data-driven approach is essential. By working closely with Wärtsilä, a company with a depth of experience and expertise, we can establish a model that will allow us to get it right first time.”

“We are delighted to work with Carnival Corp on this importanmt project, which requires a methodical, systematic approach. The de-carbonisation modelling service is the most effective means for assessing and assuring the performance of investments aimed at meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets,” added Giulio Tirelli, Director, Business Development, Wärtsilä Marine Power.

There are many ways for shipowners and operators to comply with the IMO’s upcoming Energy Efficiency for Existing Ships Index (EEXI) and the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII). This freedom increases the complexity of making the right choices. Wärtsilä’s service tackles this challenge by combining data-driven assessments with expert insight – enabling operators to maximise environmental impact with cost-effective investments, the company claimed.

De-carbonisation modelling is part of a suite of services to help shipowners plan their pathway to reducing emissions and complying with incoming regulations. It utilises several advanced machine-learning algorithms, including those powering Wärtsilä’s CII Insight – a new set of capabilities, which enable owners to forecast vessel compliance with CII and understand the impact of alternative solutions.