How to make fuel savings with little effort
Everyone can save fuel – with only little effort
According to Kim, almost anyone can optimise fuel economy, and he also states that it can be done with only a few adjustments. “Using Blueflow is just like driving a car – you need to find your way. Blueflow instantly shows how your way of manoeuvring affects fuel consumption, and you can correct your behaviour in favour of fuel economy immediately”, says Kim.
Time schedules are often tight and cannot be exceeded but even small adjustments like lowering the speed, change acceleration pattern, rerouting and docking behaviour etc., make major impact on fuel consumption and even small changes can have a positive effect on the fuel economy without influencing the schedule negatively.
It might seem a little far-fetched, but Kim knows what he is talking about as he has achieved significant savings himself. Besides, he has trained several captains in using the system, and he has seen the results of even small adjustments in manoeuvering. A couple of years ago he went to Sydney to train the captains from Harbour City Ferries in using Blueflow, and although 90% of the captains were convinced that they could not lower the fuel consumption any further without jeopardising the tight time schedules, the results were uncontradictable. Some of the captains made small adjustments such as lowering the revolutions which led to a barely noticeable lower speed during the crossings. They also made small changes to acceleration speed and then docking. These adjustments had a significant impact on fuel consumption. It also opened up their way of thinking and led to fuel savings of up to 50%.
“I believe that whether you succeed with Blueflow or not is up to you and your attitude towards the system. The system is easy to use, and you get instant feedback on your effort. Most captains are convinced when they see the results”, Kim states.