Marine technology specialists Wartsila’s EnergyProFin has been listed in the 2019 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Programme, an initiative designed to give harbour dues discounts on vessels that call at the port.
According to a statement, the EnergyProFin, which Wartsila has said delivers average fuel savings of two percent, will be listed in the programme’s vessel quieting category, and any vessel which utilizes it will receive a harbour dues discount of 23%.
As well as cut emissions, the aim of the programme is to reduce noise levels in the port, as this affects the at-risk whale population in the Vancouver area of Canada.
The EnergyProFin Incorporates fins that rotate together with the propeller, which, in turn, reduces the cavitation caused by the hub vortex of the propeller.
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It also reduces the energy losses caused by the flow phenomena around and behind the propeller boss, thereby increasing overall propulsion efficiency and cutting fuel consumption.
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Furthermore, Wartsila says the system has a “payback time” of less than one year and is optimized to fit a vessel’s specific operating profile. So far, it has been installed on more than 350 vessels.
Anton Voermans, Manager Hydrodynamics, Wartsila Marine, said this: “The Wärtsilä EnergoProFin is designed to deliver both energy efficiency and environmental sustainability for ship owners.
“Our listing in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s EcoAction Program is an honour that supports Wärtsilä’s commitment to cleaner, safer, quieter, and more efficient shipping.”