How do shipping companies that are great at energy efficiency do it? I’ve written before about how this is an unchartered area in education (and I’d say still largely unchartered in research). About two years ago, I was asked to start drafting a course on this topic for a new M.Sc. programme in Maritime Management. That course has finally materialized and is now into its second week here at Chalmers.
The course is divided into three parts. First, the students will familiarize themselves with climate change science and policy – the global processes as well as those centered on shipping (EU, IMO) – and the role of energy efficiency in mitigating GHG emissions. The goal is thus for students to understand the societal need for greater energy efficiency in shipping. Dr. Charlotte Billgren of the Swedish Transport Agency will also provide students with a guest lecture on the diplomatic negotiations in the EU and the IMO – to get an appreciation for the work behind final regulations. This part of the course will be tested through a home exam.
The second part consists of lectures on energy efficiency in shipping companies. This part of the course has been modeled after the consultancy work of DNV-GL, where energy efficiency is typically divided into six parts – voyage performance management, ship performance management, fuel (bunkering) management, main and auxiliary engine, secondary energy users (boilers, pumps, fans etc.), and overall organization and management. Mikael Johansson of DNV-GL in Gothenburg has produced some great course literature for this part of the course.
The final and perhaps most important part of the course is the student projects. Energy efficiency in shipping companies is a rather new field of practice and companies have different approaches based on their resources, business models, competence, interests etc. Rather than having a final exam, the students will perform small projects in groups at Swedish shipping companies. I’ve had discussion meetings with Stena Line, Wallenius Marine and Laurin Maritime, and we were not lost for project ideas. Out of twelve project concepts, we’ve chosen four for this year’s course. They all revolve around understanding the role of the ship crew in energy efficient ship operations.
Projects will be presented here at Chalmers Lindholmen campus on the 16th of January 2015. I’ll post about this again, but please send me an email if you are interested in coming.