The shipping industry is adjusting to a new normal with the introduction of targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increased costs, particularly for fuel, so vessel efficiency is now a top priority. Air lubrication systems (ALS) for a vessel’s hull provide a viable solution for reducing fuel consumption and, thus, carbon dioxide emissions, and will play a role in decarbonising shipping (see boxed text, Decarbonising shipping: Setting Shell’s course). Recent work by Silverstream Technologies and other manufacturers indicates considerable net power savings. Shell originally tested the Silverstream® System on one of its chartered product tankers; the sea trials demonstrated about a 5% net efficiency gain. In 2020, Shell installed the Silverstream System on the Methane Patricia Camila (Figure 1) liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier, which was the first time Silverstream had installed a system on this ship type. Early testing of the system has shown power savings of up to 8%.
Carnival Corp, the world’s largest cruise company, went from being a first mover on air lubrication to a major adopter, with plans to have a fleet of 17 vessels with the Silverstream®️ System.Read
Carnival Corp chief maritime officer William Burke speaks to TradeWinds about using the Silverstream®️ System to tackle itineraries that are more challenging under the new IMO rules.Read
Silverstream speaks to TradeWinds about the increased demand for air lubrication technology and how the Silverstream®️ System orderbook is growing to match it.Read