Making ships more eco-friendly is a crucial concern and priority for all vessel owners and operators. Thankfully, there are many different options at one’s disposal. Breezemarine Group provides the following systems to all clients, ensuring everyone remains compliant at affordable rates.
Complying With Eco-Friendly Requirements
The first objective to eliminate when attempting to become eco-friendly is exhaust gases. Domestic and international shipping activities make a significant impact on the environment. Maritime activities contribute to air pollution globally, and every owner and operator has a moral duty to minimize their impact whenever possible.
IMO Tier III Compliance
The rules and requirements for exhaust gas continue to evolve and shift. IMO has worked hard on drafting guidelines to reduce harmful vessel emissions slowly. New changes and requirements are made official through the MARPOL Convention, established in 1997. In addition, more strict requirements have become apparent in recent years, such as limiting the global limit for sulfur in fuel oil for marine applications.
The IMO Tier III requirements affect vessels relying on diesel engines running on more than 130 kWh. In addition, the vessel needs to operate within a NOx Emission Control Area. These standards have been in effect for years and are internationally enforced to improve air quality and protect public health. Therefore, reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions is essential, and the ratio of NoX/kWh needs to be maintained carefully.
As such, there is a need for fuel consumption metering. Not only does it identify increased fuel and energy consumption, but it helps control CO2 emissions.
Diesel engines on vessels must comply with a 70% reduction in NOx emissions to comply with IMO Tier III. With our help, we can develop viable and inexpensive solutions to achieve that goal.
In addition, IMO Tier 3 affects other eco-friendly requirements:
- Reducing soot emissions
- Addressing hydrocarbons levels
- Lowering the noise output of the vessel and its necessary systems.
Hybrid Power Plants (Design & Implementation)
The maritime industry has grown interested in exploring hybrid electric power plants. They combine international combustion engine generators/shaft generators/main engine motors with an energy storage system. That system stores the energy through batteries and supercapacitors, allowing maximum efficiency.
More efforts are needed on this front, and we have the necessary expertise to make it happen. Our knowledge of modularity allows for robust solutions serving many use cases and needs. Moreover, our solutions span diesel, gas, hybrid, electric, and hydrogen-based sources.
Ballast Water Management Plants
Another staple of our expertise is the management and installation of ballast water management plants. Under the IMO guidelines, ballast water – essential for shipping operations – poses an ecological and health problem. A vessel’s ballast tanks can carry various marine species, which may survive and reproduce in the host environment. Avoiding invasive species from disrupting native species is of the utmost importance.
All vessels need a ballast water management plan. That includes documenting a ballast water record book and carrying out management procedures for specific standards. Using a ballast water management plant is the logical option, as it handles all of these processes on behalf of the owner or operator.
The ballast water treatment solutions by Breezemarine Group offer:
- eco-friendly approach
- High-quality installation with low operating costs
- Profitability through automated power consumption
- Convenience (BWTS connects to the ship’s automation)
- Service and spare parts
All vessels have until September 24, 2024, to ensure they have a ballast water treatment system. Save time and get in touch with our experts today.
More Ways To Become Eco-friendly
Turning a vessel into an eco-friendly ship requires many big changes. However, there are some smaller solutions every owner can explore. It is not a matter of meeting the bare minimum of IMO Tier III, but rather doing everything one can to ensure a minimal environmental impact.
Alternative solutions include:
- A kite-sail system to reduce fuel consumption by up to 40% per annum
- Longitudinal water trunk that doesn’t carry ballast water
- Rig-sail system (hybrid solution) to save up to 30% on fuel
- Solar-sail system (hybrid solution) to save up to 20% in fuel
- Optimizing the cooling system to cut down on fuel and electricity
- Exhaust scrubber (reducing soot emissions by 98%)
- Improved hull paints to reduce friction and save up to 8% in fuel
- Air bubbles hull lubrication leads to lower friction, greater speed, and 10% in fuel savings
- Green propulsion reduces SOx by 100% and NOx by up to 35%
- And much more!
Breezemarine Group has expert solutions to make any vessel more efficient and compliant with IMO Tier 3. becoming eco-friendly becomes a breeze with our expertise.