Hyundai Global Service (HGS), the aftercare division of shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, has partnered with ABB Turbocharging to offer an engine part-load optimisation (EPLO) service for shipowners seeking to cut emissions in line with upcoming IMO requirements.
Engine power limitation and optimising engines for part-load operation is one potential route to ensure compliance with new Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI) and Carbon Intensity Index (CII) regulations coming into force in 2023, while improving operational efficiency.
The new partners claim that EPLO can help shipowners find the optimum power range for their engine power limitation, optimising combustion within the reduced load range and reducing fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance costs.
“We see part-load optimisation as an important part of maximising the benefit of engine power limitations and ensuring that the engine system operates optimally at its new loading,” said ABB Turbocharging Head of Global Service Sales, Dirk Balthasar.
“With HGS’ engine technical service capabilities and experience of project management, and ABB’s turbocharging know-how, upgrade capabilities and unique software solutions, this partnership offers a holistic solution that will be hard to find elsewhere.”
HGS and ABB will provide a package covering engines, turbocharger retrofit and NOx certification (liaising with classification societies), supported by digital systems to monitor the in-service performance of the engines and turbochargers. Potential optimisation actions range from installing wastegates to engine derating or turbocharger cut-out, all of which can be managed autonomously.
In addition, the service also allows shipowners to optimise operations on an ongoing basis with the inclusion of ABB’s Ability Tekomar XPERT engine diagnosis system, which offers advisory support based on real-time in-service data.