A profit-sharing contract signed in 2018 between Wärtsilä and Brittany Ferries has resulted in significant benefits for both companies.
Following the installation of Wärtsilä Voyages Trim and Speed energy management and optimisation systems, this has resulted in exhaust emissions reduction.
Wärtsilä first implemented the systems on board the ropax ‘Cap Finisterre’ in March, 2019 under the agreement.
Within six months, the ropax fuel consumption was 4% less than before the systems were installed, amounting to a reduction of around 2,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions, according to both companies’ calculations.
“The result speaks for itself, with a clear relationship being established between the Wärtsilä Voyage optimisation tool and the savings achieved. Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine approach is focused on delivering high efficiency, environmental sustainability and cost savings to the customers. This is one more shining example of this commitment,” claimed Andrew Rayner, Head of Sales, Key Account Solutions, Wärtsilä Voyage.
The initial contract covered three vessels – ‘Cap Finisterre’, ‘Pont Aven’ and ‘Honfleur’. Recently, the company received orders to fit the systems on board another three ropaxes- ‘Galicia’, ‘Mont St Michel’ and ‘Armorique’.
The agreement included the installation and activation on board of Eniram Platform, Trim and Speed optimisation systems, data access and analytics services, mobile operations services and training.
“We are delighted with both the fuel savings achieved and the resulting reduction of the ships’ carbon footprint. Our strategy is very much built around environmental performance and we have already ordered the Wärtsilä Speed and Trim solutions for additional vessels,” said Arnuad Le Poulichet, Brittany Ferries’ Technical Director.