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NAPA emissions reduction R&D gets funding

Maritime software company NAPA, owned by ClassNK, reports that it has received funding from INTENS, a VTT-coordinated Finnish research-industry collaborative consortium, to support its work improving vessel technical and operational performance and lowering ships’ emissions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The work earmarked for funding has already begun, with initial trial customers having already been agreed. NAPA says it expects to be able to publicly discuss the first delivered benefits from the project by the end of 2018.

Shipping’s share of global carbon emissions currently stands at 2-3 per cent, a similar level to countries like Japan and Germany. Under a business-as-usual scenario, the IMO estimates that carbon emissions from shipping could increase by 50-250 per cent in the coming decades.

The INTENS research consortium has committed more than €13 million over the next three years to support the work of Finnish maritime stakeholders, with a specific emphasis on energy efficiency improvement and emissions reduction from ships.

“The collaboration and funding from INTENS will further enhance our market-leading voyage planning services, such as NAPA Fleet Intelligence, that provide a rounded appraisal of a vessel’s performance characteristics and achieve better results,” said Captain Risto Kariranta, director, services, NAPA Shipping Solutions.

“Through these services, we can help mitigate voyage inefficiencies such as ‘rush to wait’ or those caused by rough sea and weather conditions, and take practical and profitable steps to save both fuel and carbon emissions.”{/mprestriction}

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