Ridgebury Tankers tech trial shows 21% increase in fuel saving behaviour

A six-month sustainable shipping trial undertaken by Ridgebury Tankers with a focus on positively influencing crew behaviour has reported a 21% increase in ships’ crews making fuel-saving decisions using the existing systems on board the ship.

The trial involved the implementation of personalised digital behavioural change systems from Signol across four of Ridgebury’s ships, managed by BSM, to support their Masters and Chief Engineers.

The platform leverages 17 separate behavioural change techniques that prime individuals to think differently about fuel efficiency and decarbonisation so that they are more proactive in taking advantage of available opportunities to reduce energy usage. 

Three operational processes were identified for the trial where crew members could have opportunities to save fuel, including using the main engine efficiently given the operating conditions, and using auxiliary engines efficiently given the demand for power on board.

According to the trial partners, crew members implemented fuel-saving decisions 21% more often after receiving personalised goals from the system and engaging with behavioural change techniques delivered through multiple channels, including specifically timed emails and a web app customised for each user.

 “The maritime industry is increasingly focusing on promoting operational efficiency to reduce its environmental impact, and Ridgebury’s fuel-saving demonstrates how ship owners and managers can harness the power of their crews and ensure each individual plays their part,” said Harriet Johnson, Head of Maritime at Signol.

“We are delighted that the strong spirit of collaboration between Ridgebury, BSM and Signol produced such results, adding more weight to our conviction that ‘the human factor’ is key to immediately reducing ships’ emissions without the capital-intensive, longer-term solutions which will decarbonise the sector in the future.”

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