The SEEMP solution will combine modules to optimise trim, route and speed optimisation and weather routing with an analytics service to offer operational efficiency and decision support.
The system aims to allow owners and operators to respond quickly and adapt operations in real-time to capitalise on latent efficiencies to increase eco-efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.
Class NK and NAPA say that they are working closely with Japan's largest shipbuilder, Imabari Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., which has been instrumental in shaping the development of the system.
A trial version of the new solution is expected to be completed within the year, and upon completion will undergo real world testing on vessels owned and operated by an Imabari Group shipping company.
Feedback from this verification testing will be used to further develop and refine the system prior to final release.
Imabari Shipbuilding will also make use of the system and the results from its verification tests to further improve the performance of new vessels built at its shipyards.
“Eco-efficiency lies right at the heart of NAPA's business, we are committed to providing environmentally sound solutions from eco-efficient ship design to our operations support software,” said Juha Heikinheimo, president, NAPA Group.
“The partnership with ClassNK shows the potential of NAPA's software in supporting significant financial and environmental savings.”
“Indeed, when married with sound management practice, improvement of latent efficiencies, optimisation of trim, ballast and floating position, and implementation of voyage optimisation systems, an electronic approach to SEEMP can achieve as much as 15-20 per cent in fuel economy, depending on the vessel type.”