The results from Stena Scandinavica show a reduced fuel consumption by 2-3 % per trip and the AI assistant Stena Fuel Pilot will now be launched on more vessels. Stena Line has a target to reduce our fuel consumption by 2.5% yearly. Fuel is one of our largest costs but lowering the fuel consumption also supports our sustainability agenda by reducing our environmental footprint and the CO2 emissions. The AI assistant Stena Fuel Pilot is one of the solutions to tackle this challenge.
The “Stena Fuel Pilot is supporting our captains and officers to save fuel. This project embodies our vision, Connecting Europe for a Sustainable future, where a successful collaboration between people and technology improve the efficiency in our operation and at the same time reduces both our costs and our environmental footprint”, says Erik Lorentzon, Transformation Lead Operations.
By using AI technology, the Stena Fuel Pilot can now predict the most fuel-efficient way to operate a vessel and assist the captain and crew on our vessels to lower the fuel consumption. In 2018 a pilot project started on Stena Scandinavica on the Gothenburg – Kiel route with Senior Master Jan Sjöström and his crew at the helm. The pilot project has been successful and based on the recommendations from the Stena Fuel Pilot they have been able to save 2-3 % fuel per trip. The Stena Fuel Pilot will be installed on another five vessels this year and if the success continues the ambition is to do a fleet wide roll-out on all 37 vessels during 2020.
The first vessel after Stena Scandinavica to install Stena Fuel Pilot was M/S Skåne on the Trelleborg-Rostock route on 9 October. After two round trips with the Transformation team onboard, the system is now up and running.
“M/S Skåne has now installed the Stena Fuel Pilot and we can see that it is working even though we need to continue to adjust it to improve the results. As a captain I get a good overview of several factors such as wind, currents and squat, and assistance to use the right power and number of engines to lower the fuel consumption”, says Niklas Kapare, Captain on M/S Skåne.