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A sea change for delivery effectivity

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BP is lowering the carbon footprint of its delivery fleet by making engines extra environment friendly, streamlining hulls and even utilizing LED lighting, says Gopal Hariharan


The worldwide delivery business carries some 90 per cent of the world’s commerce. However that comes at a price. The business additionally contributes round 2 per cent of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions. So an essential purpose is to scale back that environmental footprint, an effort that requires a multi-pronged strategy.

However that is no straightforward activity. Ships need to function in a variety of maximum situations, typically for weeks or months at a time. Marine engines are complicated to change. And delivery fleets are costly to vary. So progress is difficult.

Which is why the adjustments at BP Transport are spectacular. Engineers right here attempt to be on the forefront of efforts to search out options that cut back carbon dioxide emissions.

And it has put these adjustments to work in its personal fleet of ships. This fleet constantly meets, and sometimes exceeds the benchmark necessities, such because the Power Effectivity Design Index set out by the Worldwide Maritime Group. BP Transport continues to drive effectivity within the business delivery sector.

Gopal Hariharan, Engineering Supervisor at BP Transport says: “At BP we’re targeted on bettering the effectivity of our ships. From the preliminary design of the ship to the know-how that we have now on board – we’re aiming to scale back our carbon footprint wherever doable.”


One instance is the Mewis duct, a cylindrical channel with built-in fins that sits in entrance of the propeller. Each time a ship strikes by water, it produces a wake present that may be turbulent and so wastes vitality.

However the Mewis duct guides this wake present in the direction of the propeller. “It streamlines the water stream,” says Hariharan. On the identical time, the fins contained in the duct add a twist to this present earlier than it reaches the propeller blades. That helps to extend the vitality effectivity of the propulsion system.

BP additionally makes use of ‘self-polishing’ coatings on the hulls all of its ships. This prevents marine organisms latching onto the hull the place they generate vital drag. By lowering this drag, the coatings assist make the ships extra environment friendly.

Different efforts to enhance effectivity vary from these subtle engineering options to issues so simple as altering lightbulbs. “We’ve invested in LED lights, which use much less electrical energy than conventional incandescent bulbs and in addition last more, typically for a decade,” says Hariharan.

Shipshape efficiency

These improvements have considerably decreased the gas consumption and because of this greenhouse fuel emissions of recent oil tankers, in comparison with the ships they changed within the BP Transport fleet. This has resulted in roughly 21,000 tonnes of CO2 being saved in 2017. The fleet has been accredited as a part of BP’s Advancing Low Carbon programme, which is designed to drive low carbon motion throughout BP.

BP Transport has additionally invested in a brand new fleet of liquefied pure fuel (LNG) ships, essentially the most fuel-efficient and technically superior LNG tankers ever constructed for BP.

The ships are fitted with ‘gradual velocity’ tri-fuel engines, which use compressed ‘boil-off’ fuel from the cargo tanks as gas. Boil off is the LNG altering state to fuel as a result of slight temperature rises throughout transportation.

“As a result of the tanks are carrying their liquid pure fuel cargo at -162°C, fuel vapour is fashioned with warmth switch from the ambiance. This “boil-off fuel” can then be used to energy the engine,” says Hariharan.

The ships are additionally fitted with an exhaust fuel recirculation system, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions, and a fuel combustion system that minimises the potential for releasing methane into the ambiance.

This text appeared in print beneath the headline “Sea change”

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