Eniram, owned by Wärtsilä, has begun working with Athens-based Arista Shipping to develop an LNG-powered dry bulk carrier with high energy efficiency.
Eniram was chosen to participate in the Project Forward initiative, lead by Arista, due to its strong track record in the utilization of ship data and modelling to provide an accurate analysis of fuel efficiency.
The vessel will be designed to be compliant with all current and upcoming regulations proposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), including the Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025, the SOx post-2020, and the NOx Tier III.
Technical Manager of Arista Shipping, Antonis Trakakis, commented: “Project Forward represents a milestone for the shipping industry, since it brings a substantial discontinuity to traditional ship design and performance.
“The project establishes LNG as a global marine fuel, and we welcome Eniram’s involvement.
“They have proven expertise in energy management technology, and this know-how will be of great importance.
“The aim of the project is to arrive at a fully elaborated decision support tool, which will be extremely valuable in enabling us to predict, monitor, optimise, and also demonstrate the actual performance of the vessels”.
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Wärtsilä are also part of the project team due to its experience leading technologies in LNG propulsion.
The propulsion system concept is based on a unique arrangement of two efficient Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines.
E&A Business & Sales Development Manager of Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, Giannis Moraitaki, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting project, which will create a vessel with the levels of performance and sustainability needed as the marine industry enters a new era.
Our input will help ensure that operational visibility will be maximized, and that the new ships can operate at optimal efficiency.”
Other parties involved include Finnish ship designer Deltamarin, the Houston-based classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and GTT, the French LNG membrane containment system designer.