Hamburg Süd to cut fuel costs by up to 5%


More than half the 40-strong fleet of Hamburg Süd vessels owned and maintained by Columbus Shipmanagement is to use Eniram Group’s Dynamic Trimming Assistant under a deal struck by the German operator and the Helsinki-headquartered provider of shipping industry decision support systems.

A total of 26 vessels will eventually use the system which helps vessel officers optimise trim at all times, minimise water resistance, decrease fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

“DTA gives us a relatively simple way to reduce fuel consumption across Hamburg Süd’s fleet of vessels and reduce the impact on the environment,” said Fred Deichmann, managing director, Columbus Shipmanagement. The solution would be installed on a first batch of 12 vessels and would realise savings in excess of $4m in the first year.

Trials onboard the 5,552 teu (plus 1,365 reefer plugs) Aliança Mauá, the sixth newbuilding in the Monte series of vessels which operates between Europe and the east coast of South America had seen fuel savings of between 3% and 5%, suggesting the use of DTA could result in annual reduction in costs of $375,000 per vessel.

“Hamburg Süd is one of the longest established providers of ocean-going transportation and has shown real commitment to our future-driven technologies,” said Eniram chief executive Philip Padfield.