Optimising fuel consumption
We help our customers reduce costs and decrease environmental impact by offering fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly operations.
One effort, two benefits
To Svitzer, sustainability is an aspiration to go beyond legislative compliance and at the same time achieve a competitive advantage. To reach that goal we have been systematically identifying potentials for a more efficient use of resources, thereby lowering total emissions and reducing costs for our customers.
Svitzer drives several initiatives to ensure we offer the most fuel-efficient solutions to our customers. Our efforts include promoting awareness of fuel efficiency; gathering and sharing best-practice guidelines and investing in technical solutions and upgrades onboard our tugs. The reason is simple: whenever we identify one new way of cutting fuel consumption, we win in two ways. First, there is the purely financial aspect. Lower fuel consumption means lower cost to our customers and to us. Second, lowering fuel consumption means reducing emissions, which benefits us all.
Right tug for the right operation
Our many firsts in fuel-efficient operations have to a large degree been fuelled by research and technological breakthroughs, most prominently in the design and development of new tugs. In 2012, we took delivery of our new-built state of the art ECOtug®. Developed from a no-compromise philosophy, the ECOtug was built specifically to test how far we could push technology to get the best possible results. So far, results are great: the ECOtug minimises our environmental impact and optimises working conditions for the crew. It uses 10% less fuel than traditional tugs and has reduced NOx emissions by 80%. In addition, we have already launched a second generation ECOtug, a diesel electric hybrid designed for the Gorgon LNG project in Australia. This project came with very severe environmental restrictions, and the hybrid tug, tailor-made for the tender, was integral to us winning the contract.
Milford Haven showing the way
The tugs servicing Milford Haven are a great example of how Svitzer constantly seeks to reduce fuel consumption. Berthed at Carr Jetty in Pembroke dock, a tug would easily use half a tonne of fuel to cover the 10-mile distance from its berth to the port entrance.
So when the tug crews were asked to come up with suggestions for savings, they were quick to point out that, by deploying some mooring buoys differently, they could avoid steaming backwards and forwards after every job. This has helped achieve fuel savings in excess of 6%.