Ugland vessel to deploy automated propulsion system

J.J. Ugland has agreed a deal with Manta Marine Technologies (MMT) for the installation of the FuelOpt automated propulsion optimisation system onboard the vessel Jorita, a 60,000 DWT bulk carrier.

FuelOpt is used to achieve predictable shaft power during operations, removing variations caused by human factors. Once the crew enters the desired setpoints and activates the system from the bridge panel, the technology dynamically controls the propulsion output, ensuring that power is optimised based on the settings defined and changing environmental conditions.

“By placing energy-efficiency and lowered emissions at the heart of our commercial strategy, Ugland Marine Services is committed to advancing in line with shipping’s ambitious decarbonisation targets,” said Gordon Eugen Andersen, Technical Manager at Ugland Marine Services.

“The installation of FuelOpt onboard the MV Jorita is a key step in this journey, and we look forward to working closely with Manta Marine Technologies in the future to unlock the full range of benefits associated with this technology.”

The deal with Ugland to supply the system is the 400th vessel contract for FuelOpt, as the industry moves to meet emissions reduction targets through the adoption of various types of technologies.

“We are very proud to have signed our 400th FuelOpt contract — each of which is a testament to the trust companies and crews have put in us,” said Richard Engelhart Bjercke, Chief Commercial Officer at Manta Marine Technologies.

“Our industry is rapidly working towards a greener and more sustainable future, and we are eager to enable that process with a range of solutions that can offer real results that meet operators at their needs while continuing to advance their commercial interests.”

“We pride ourselves on a collaborative customer experience. We have an expanded fleet performance team to help our customers maximise benefits from our products and services and also work closely with classification societies, such as DNV, to verify savings onboard.”

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