Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation has announced that it has verified a 15% average reduction in CO2 emissions from operating its owned and chartered vessels using the Blue Visby model.
Marubeni began participating in the Blue Visby Consortium in August of last year to work with the Blue Visby Solution, an integrated system that notifies ships of the optimal date and time to arrive at their destination.
Verification of results following the implementation of the system on a fleet of gas and chemical tankers operated and chartered by Marubeni confirmed a reduction of CO2 emissions by an average of approximately 15% over a total of 625 voyages by 68 vessels.
Marubeni and Blue Visby Services have since signed a Letter of Intent to work together on the further development of a new prototype version of the Blue Visby Solution.
The Blue Visby Solution comprises software, an operational system, and contractual architecture, aimed at improving inefficient fuel consumption resulting from the common ‘Sail Fast Then Wait’ practice employed by cargo ships that near their destination.
Over a period of several years, the project has progressed through a series of stages, including multiple proof of concept studies and pilot programmes, while the Blue Visby Consortium has grown to comprise over 25 member organisations, including Marubeni.