Pioneer Marine Invests in Operational Efficiency Technology for Newbuild Fleet

pioneer green dolphin bulk carrier

Singapore-based ship owner Pioneer Marine entered the dry bulk sector in 2013 on the only upswing the industry has seen in the past three years, and since then it has crashed to the lowest levels in three decades.

For CEO Pankaj Khanna, finding ways of reducing the daily operating expenses of his twelve Handysize geared bulk carriers that are currently under construction at Yangzhou Guoyu Shipbuilding will produce tangible results. In such an over supplied market, this could mean the difference between a profitable business, or one that isn’t.

Firstly, Pioneer Marine chose the GREEN DOLPHIN design from the naval architects at SDARI and DNVGL which features energy-saving enhancements, a Tier II-compliant Wartsila long-stroke, low-speed main engine and a large-diameter slow-rotating propeller, in addition to an optimized hull form.

The second part of the equation is enhancing the way these ships are operated while at sea.

Upon delivery in 2015 and 2016, Pioneer Marine’s bulk carriers will feature a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)-compliant fuel monitoring system developed by Amarcon, an ABB Group company. This system, called OCTOPUS-Onboard, consists of Coriolis flow sensors, a Torductor torque measurement system and a software solution that supports the crew in decision-making and enables them to optimize the fuel efficiency of the vessel.

This system was developed by Dutch entrepreneur Leon Adegeest and it allows vessel operators to monitor and give insight to the effect on fuel consumption of a change of speed, heading and trim in a given situation. By comparing monitored results over longer periods, says, Adegeest in a 2013 interview with gCaptain, the hull and propeller efficiency can be determined, giving insight in the added resistance to determine the best moment for cleaning and/or re-coating of the hull.

amarcon octopus-onboard

The data collected by this system can also be transmitted ashore for analysis by shore-based personnel.

“The OCTOPUS-Onboard advisory system compliments the Green Dolphin newbuild design and introduces a new dimension to ensuring optimal fuel efficiency. Accurate advice based on the sensor-measured information enables the crew to operate the vessel in the most fuel efficient manner, thus reducing our carbon footprint,” commented Mr. Khanna.

Want to know more about the Green Dolphin design? Click HERE.