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First experiences with VG EcoCoasters in traffic

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Experiences with our EcoCoasters m/v ‘Eeva VG’ and ‘Mirva VG’ have been very positive. The older sister, Eeva VG, has now been sailing for about 2,5 months, and the fuel consumption has proven to be in line with the test results, that is, almost half compared to conventional cargo ships of same size and type.  Consumption and speed with biofuel seem to be roughly the same as with MGO while sailing on ecospeed. Captain of Mirva VG, Vidar Tollander is very pleased after the first two weeks of sailing: “65% of the engine capacity, which so far seems to be the optimal ecospeed, gives 10 knots with a total daily consumption of 3,7 tons. I was surprised that speed and consumption were almost the same with a full cargo, when usually consumption is a lot higher than in ballast conditions”, he says. Another reason to rejoice was that speed did not drop much with adverse wind. Captain of Eeva VG, Thord Vaenerberg, tells that there have been very few problems that usually arise at the early phase with a newbuilding. According to him the ship’s accommodation section is quiet and there’s very little of trembling. “The shape of the hull is excellent, at least in the conditions on the Baltic Sea. Even in ballast the moves in swell are moderate and soft” both captains praise.

Shipping sector must do its share in reducing fuel consumption and emissions. EcoCoasters have already proven how energy efficiency can help achieve these goals. At present oil price is rising and lower fuel consumption is becoming more significant in maritime transport, not only from an environmental, but also from an economical point of view.

First experiences with VG EcoCoasters in traffic

Experiences with our EcoCoasters m/v ‘Eeva VG’ and ‘Mirva VG’ have been very positive. The older sister, Eeva VG, has now been sailing for about 2,5 months, and the fuel consumption has proven to be in line with the test results, that is, almost half compared to conventional cargo ships of same size and type.  Consumption and speed with biofuel seem to be roughly the same as with MGO while sailing on ecospeed. Captain of Mirva VG, Vidar Tollander is very pleased after the first two weeks of sailing: “65% of the engine capacity, which so far seems to be the optimal ecospeed, gives 10 knots with a total daily consumption of 3,7 tons. I was surprised that speed and consumption were almost the same with a full cargo, when usually consumption is a lot higher than in ballast conditions”, he says. Another reason to rejoice was that speed did not drop much with adverse wind. Captain of Eeva VG, Thord Vaenerberg, tells that there have been very few problems that usually arise at the early phase with a newbuilding. According to him the ship’s accommodation section is quiet and there’s very little of trembling. “The shape of the hull is excellent, at least in the conditions on the Baltic Sea. Even in ballast the moves in swell are moderate and soft” both captains praise.

Shipping sector must do its share in reducing fuel consumption and emissions. EcoCoasters have already proven how energy efficiency can help achieve these goals. At present oil price is rising and lower fuel consumption is becoming more significant in maritime transport, not only from an environmental, but also from an economical point of view.