Brittany Ferries, the renowned European ferry operator, has made a significant stride in enhancing its environmental performance with the adoption of a ‘Fleet Energy and Emissions Forecast’ tool. This innovative application, developed by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore (BVS M&O), represents a major advancement in forecasting and managing vessel performance, fuel consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Innovative Tool for Sustainable Operations
The new web-based forecasting tool is designed to assist Brittany Ferries in meeting Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) requirements. It uses a theoretical model calibrated with actual performance data to predict fuel consumption and emissions for each ship in the fleet. This advanced application enables Brittany Ferries to plan optimised and efficient fleet-wide operations, thus reducing fuel consumption, emissions, and operational costs.
Customised Energy Models for Enhanced Forecasting
BVS developed ship-specific energy models for the software, integrating ports and route data to support improved forecasting. These models allow Brittany Ferries to adjust parameters and develop scenarios tailored to their fleet, facilitating strategic decisions that optimise fuel consumption, emissions, and costs.
Statements from Brittany Ferries and Bureau Veritas
Brice Robinson, Manager of the Naval Projects Department at Brittany Ferries, emphasised the importance of the tool in the decision-making process, noting its role in managing greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs for various ship and fleet scenarios. Laurent Verney, BVS France Director, highlighted the collaboration’s success in bringing together digital expertise and insights from Brittany Ferries to deliver an effective digital decarbonisation solution.
Collaboration for Advanced Weather Routing
In addition to the forecasting tool, BVS is also collaborating with Brittany Ferries to support operational decision-making with an advanced weather routing solution from software provider Adrena. This solution is part of a joint R&D effort based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations and BV’s SEECAT ship energy modelling software, further enhancing Brittany Ferries’ commitment to sustainable operations.
Brittany Ferries’ adoption of the Fleet Energy and Emissions Forecast tool marks a significant step in its journey towards more sustainable maritime operations. This initiative not only improves the company’s environmental footprint but also sets a new standard in the industry for eco-efficient fleet management.
About Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries is a leading European ferry operator, providing routes between France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Spain, and is committed to sustainable and efficient maritime transport.
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