Historically, the spread between freight prices and fuel costs has driven the evolution of ever larger ships, with higher capacities, but lower energy efficiency. With fuel prices increasing, the lack of efficiency has been combatted by larger capacity of goods.
Rather than make fuel costs work solely by capacity of goods, our vessel efficiency improvements will enable all scale of vessels to compete. Efficient vessels allow sails to contribute a higher proportion of energy for forward momentum, along with requiring less onboard energy.
Hydrodynamic improvements can account for more than 20% or of efficiency gains
Aerodynamics play a significant part in a vessel’s overall efficiency
Aero and Hydro-dynamics are a core competency for SPAERA
Operational cost is directly linked to vessel efficiency