TotalEnergies deploys Syroco for tanker voyage optimisation

TotalEnergies, in cooperation with Socatra, has chosen to deploy the Syroco voyage optimisation system on the M/T Alcyone, to improve the energy efficiency of the vessel and reduce its fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Owned by Socatra and chartered by TotalEnergies, Alcyone is a 183m tanker sailing under the French flag on transpacific routes. Built in 2022, the ship has recently been equipped with two rotating masts (Rotor Sails) from Norsepower.

The Syroco platform will operate a digital twin of the vessel, used to calculate and simulate its behaviour depending on the conditions in which it operates. Analysis will account for elements such as the shape of hull, hydrodynamic conditions, propulsion efficiency, use of wind by the rotating masts, and energy consumed on board.

Leveraging weather and sea data, the software calculates optimised routes based on any given operating constraints, including arrival time and sea conditions. When the vessel is equipped with wind propulsion assistance, as is the case with Alcyone, the proposed routes will be optimised to maximise wind assistance.

“The use of the best digital tools and weather routing available today makes it possible to optimise the performance of the vessel and her rotating masts,” said Sébastien Roche, General Manager Shipping Performance and Innovation at TotalEnergies.

“The fuel and emissions savings contribute to reduce immediately and sustainably the environmental footprint of our maritime transportation activities. We selected Syroco for this first installation after an in-depth study of existing solutions and are particularly optimistic about the gains brought by the solution.”

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