February 1, 2016 – The environmental footprint and emissions of the ropax HSC Bencomo Express vessel operated by Fred. Olsen were measured in November 2015 within the GAINN4SHIP INNOVATION project. This activity was coordinated by CIMNE and Fred. Olsen and took place in the Canary Islands where the Bencomo Express vessel operates.
The equipment and methodologies used comply with the requirements of the Annex VI of the MARPOL Convention – Directive 2012/33/EU issued by the International Maritime Organisation, which sets the most stringent limits for CO2 and sulphur emissions of vessels.
Monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions from the ropax HSC Bencomo was determined for various operational conditions (sailing on the route between Agaete (Gran Canaria) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife); sailing in port waters and standby uncoupled).
The information obtained will be used to determine proper environmental performance indicators for ropax HSC in order to define optimal technical solutions. The environmental footprint and emissions of the ropax HSC Bencomo Express vessel measured prior to retrofitting will be compared with the footprint and emissions generated after LNG retrofitting. The goal is to reduce CO2 emissions on average by 20% and sulphur emissions on average by 80%. Furthermore, it will provide useful insights into the performance of ropax HSC vessels, their associated operational costs and potential resale value. This will benefit ship owners who will be better equipped to make investment decisions and obtain finance.