Fjord Line saves fuel with Blueflow
The Norwegian ferry operator has invested in Blueflow onboard one of their cruise ships – an investment that is expected to be paid back in less than a year
Fjord Line saves fuel with Blueflow onboard
Back in February, Norway’s second largest ferry operator Fjord Line invested in the energy management system Blueflow on its cruise ship M/S Bergensfjord. A system that the shipowner expects to be paid back in less than twelve months and that the company is planning to expand to further vessels.
M/S Bergensfjord glides into Hirtshals port, takes a turn and is moored to the quay where cars and trucks are lined waiting to drive on board. The cruise ship is one out of four ferries operating routes between Norway, Sweden and Denmark owned by Fjord Line that every year transports more than 1,4 million passengers, goods and trucks.
M/S Bergensfjord and the sister ship M/S Stavangerfjord are the world’s first and largest cruise ships sailing solely on eco-friendly natural gas. Each ship sails 21 hours a day, all year round, so even a few percent of fuel savings will entail considerable savings to the shipowner.
Blueflow identifies untapped potential
To Fjord Line, it is essential to reduce the environmental impact, and the shipowner has implemented a lot of initiatives to lower fuel consumption and reduce emissions. Tech Superintendent Kristoffer Morgenstern explains: “In the past, we have used an enormous amount of time on tapping in data in Excel sheets, making graphs and we have already made the obvious energy-saving improvements, but we still had a feeling that we missed an untapped potential.”
However, the shipowner did not have a tool that could show them the effect of the initiatives and that is why they decided to implement Blueflow. Now the system helps Fjord Line to identify potential savings, and they can immediately see their hard work pay off. “Blueflow is of course not free of charge, but as if by magic, we can now compare real-time data, and we save a lot of time, and we can make decisions based on facts”, Kristoffer explains.