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Unifeeder to adopt We4Sea Digital Twin technology to reduce bunker fuel consumption

09 Jul 2020

Delft-based maritime startup We4Sea on Wednesday (8 July) said it signed a cooperation agreement to roll-out the We4Sea Digital Twin based performance monitoring solution across marine logistics company Unifeeder’s fleet  to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of its ships.

The Unifeeder Group is an integrated logistics company with the largest feeder network and rapidly growing shortsea business in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia region with connectivity to more than 150 ports.

“Unifeeder wants to be an active participant in finding innovative solutions, through different partnerships and by being a business-driven IT organization,” said Michael Bonde, COO of Unifeeder. 

“We are working with AI and machine learning platforms to provide significant operational benefits to our vessels and minimize the environmental impact.”

We4Sea said it focuses on increasing fuel efficiency and lower emissions of seagoing vessels by using a Digital Twin that provides shipowners and charterers with improved performance insights.

With its Digital Twin technology, We4Sea said it will build a digital sister vessel with all relevant technical characteristics of the real vessel. 

This data is enriched from other sources, such as data on speed, drought, weather conditions, wave heights, currents and wind.

The Digital Twin transforms this big data pool into actionable management information. The technology does not require onboard hardware installation  and is therefore ideal for charterers, such as Unifeeder.

The solution supports full transparency and charterers can continuously monitor fuel consumption, carbon and sulphur emissions of their chartered vessels in real-time via an online dashboard.

“Realtime monitoring and reporting is the first step in improving fuel-efficiency,” said Dan Veen, Co-founder and CEO of We4Sea.

“Optimising fuel consumption of Unifeeder’s fleet based on the findings will not only have a direct impact on financial results, but also improves operational efficiency and CO2 and SOx reduction.”

Photo credit: We4Sea
Published: 9 July, 2020

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