The expertise group Wärtsilä, in cooperation with Silverstream Applied sciences, will set up Silverstream’s proprietary Air Lubrication System, the Silverstream System, on a trial foundation on a big container vessel owned by A.P. Moller – Maersk, the world’s largest container vessel operator.

The trial will study potential enhancements to the ship’s total effectivity, specializing in the discount of gas consumption and related emission ranges.

The Silverstream System creates microbubbles to scale back frictional resistance, thereby decreasing gas consumption. © Silverstream Applied sciences

This system can have a particular emphasis on the potential software of the System for methanol-fueled Maersk vessels. The last word purpose of all three corporations is to assist efforts to decarbonize delivery operations. The order was positioned by Maersk in Could 2021.

Silverstream’s Air Lubrication System creates a carpet of microbubbles that coat your complete flat backside of the vessel. This carpet successfully reduces frictional resistance between the hull and the water. The expertise works in all maritime situations, isn’t climate dependent, and doesn’t constrain or negatively impression the conventional operational profile of the vessel.

The Silverstream System is appropriate for each newbuild course of and retrofit installations. Retrofits can usually be accomplished inside six months of order and put in throughout deliberate dry docks.

The Wärtsilä / Silverstream tools can be delivered throughout the second quarter of 2022.

Wärtsilä is a licensed gross sales and repair associate for the System, which is absolutely built-in inside the firm’s propulsion portfolio. For newbuild vessels, air lubrication can notably enhance compliance with the Power Effectivity Design Index (EEDI). The System has been confirmed to scale back gas burn and related emissions by 5-10%, relying on vessel sort.