Swedish shipowner cuts fuel consumption by 20 percent with Blueflow
Blueflow impacts the environment AND the bottom line positively
Based on the remarkable results on the initial four boats, Styrsöbolaget decided to install Blueflow on its complete fleet. The company has 18 ships and manages all boat traffic to the car-free islands in the southern part of Gothenburg archipelago. The Swedish shipowner is determined to minimise its footprint, and with around 5,5 million passengers every year and more than 44,000 running hours, the Swedish shipowner would also have financial benefits from lowering fuel consumption.
Today, Blueflow is a deeply integrated part of everyday life at Styrsöbolaget, and the staff uses it to analyse and to optimise their effort continuously, and it shows on the figures. The company has reduced its fuel consumption with an impressive 20-25% over the last nine years, and that means Styrsöbolaget and its team have saved the environment from a large share of unnecessary emissions and the investment per vessel has been paid back in less than a year, Ellinor says.
"Blueflow’s analytic tools enable the staff actually to see the impact of their changed behaviour immediately. It helps them to improve their manoeuvring methods continuously. Using Blueflow is like buying a gym membership – you don’t get fit without exercising."
You don’t have to be the best
All Styrsöbolagets’ captains have access to the system and can see how they are performing. However, the shipowner does not focus on who is at the top of the list – to them; it is important that each captain is using the analytic tools within Blueflow to improve his or her performance.
Implementing Blueflow has increased collaboration and knowledge sharing across the company’s 50 captains, and if someone has made remarkable results, they discuss how the captain has operated the ship to achieve the result.
“We’ve experienced that a team taking over the operation during lunch break have lowered the fuel consumption. Same conditions, same ship, the only difference was the way of manoeuvring and the captain from the first shift was like “how did you do that?”, Ellinor tells with a cheerful grin.
Positive side effects
Besides saving considerable amounts of fuel, Styrsöbolaget also uses Blueflow to foresee maintenance. The captains are now so attentive to optimising the fuel consumption that they contact the head office in case of irregularities. Fuel consumption not only relies on how the ship is navigated, but can also be triggered by problems with, for example an engine, a propeller or a clogged fuel filter. In other words, Blueflow enables the shipowner to predict maintenance much sooner and thus save fuel and prevent downtime.
Styrsöbolaget has even used Blueflow for safety reason to analyse what happened in a situation on the water, so to them, implementing Blueflow have had a lot of positive side effects.
Eco-driving down under
A couple of years ago, Ellinor Svensson and Captain Kim Sjögren were invited to Australia to educate the crew on Harbour City Ferries, Sydney in eco-driving. Several of Harbour City Ferries’ vessels have Blueflow installed, and according to Ellinor, it has been a success down there as well, so it is a good system she concludes.
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