Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2023

129 Photo: credit methods, presents significant challenges to the shipping industry as the definition of sustainability is extended to include all stages of well-to-wake emissions,” says Charles Haskell, director of LR Maritime Decarbonisation Hub. “We hope that this joint study can serve as the basis for synergies and pilot projects to emerge and further contribute to the discussions for the development of new industry standards that can authentically validate the environmental and commercial impact of these new fuels.” Water pump provider IRON Pump is working to help cruise and ferry operators further reduce their fuel consumption with its high-efficiency water pumps, which require less energy than other available systems. Its new ecopump design (pictured left) optimises the flow of water, which improves efficiency further while reducing the system’s overall weight. With alternative fuels, new propulsion systems and other technologies on the rise, shipowners and operators need to be able to evaluate the safety and cost-efficiency of these options before committing to a decision. Maritime software provider NAPA has recognised this need and leverages its expertise in 3D ship modelling and digital twins to help customers to accurately understand the impact of switching to newer solutions. NAPA also helps crew members to optimise traditional safety margins – such as loading conditions and ballast water – to make voyages more fuel efficient while maintaining stability. Despite the potential major benefits of alternative fuels, these options also present risks. Fire prevention firm Daspos has developed LAS-10, an atmospheric oil mist and hydrocarbon detection system, as a fire prevention solution for cruise and ferry operators. Detectors – which are connected to a central processor unit – identify airborne oil mists and hydrocarbon vapours from fuel oils, methanol, hydrogen and lubrication oils. This then triggers an NAPA’s 3D ship modelling and digital twins help customers to accurately understand the impact of switching to new propulsion technologies and fuels on ship stability and safety