Eniram, the Wärtsilä-owned software engineering firm, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Athens-based Arista Shipping to participate in its Project Forward initiative.
The project has developed a dry bulk carrier that features high levels of energy efficiency and LNG-fuelled propulsion. Eniram’s will assist in the development of the vessel’s monitoring and optimization tools.
According to a statement from Wärtsilä, Eniram was selected to participate because of its experience in utilizing ship data and modelling to provide accurate recommendations for efficiency improvements.
The vessel’s propulsion design concept is also based around two Wärtsilä 31DF dual-fuel engines without additional gensets.
“Project Forward represents a milestone for the shipping industry, since it brings a substantial discontinuity to traditional ship design and performance,” says says Antonis Trakakis, technical manager, Arista Shipping. “The aim of the project is to arrive at a fully elaborated decision support tool, which will be extremely valuable in enabling us to predict, monitor, optimize, and also demonstrate the actual performance of the vessels.”
The vessel design will enable compliance with all known, applicable, and anticipated regulations proposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). These include the Energy Efficiency Design Index 2025, SOx post 2020, and NOx Tier III without any after treatment.
Arista Shipping has signed a letter of intent with Yangzijiang Shipbuilding to build a series of up to 20 bulk carriers to the new design.