Blue Sky Maritime Coalition‘s most recent report focuses on ways to optimize the shipping industry and outlines SailPlan as a tool.

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition (“Blue Sky”) is a coalition that brings together industry leaders and focuses on achieving net-zero emissions in the maritime industry. The Coalition acts to accelerate the U.S. and Canada maritime value chain’s pathway to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by jointly developing and executing a roadmap to a commercially viable net-zero emission logistics value chain. SailPlan is a coalition member along with vessel builders, operators, port authorities, fuel providers, finance institutions, engine manufacturers, customers of marine shipping, classification societies, and more.

Today, Blue Sky recently released “Pathways to Net-Zero 2050 in the North American Marine Shipping Industry: Optimizing Technology and Operations to Achieve Emission Reductions.” The report mentions SailPlan’s technology as an optimization solution and covers the importance of real-time emissions monitoring:

“Currently available, more advanced applications are improving the accuracy of emissions reporting through direct measurements rather than estimations. Real time, exhaust-stack sensors can now continuously monitor the composition of the gases in vessel emissions in real time, providing detailed insight into not only the volume of carbon emissions, but the efficiency of the combustion reactions producing those emissions. Through sophisticated user-interfaces, this technology also can provide immediate feedback to vessel operators to optimize vessel speed, but also to optimize other on-board power usage (e.g., in multi-engine vessels, which combination of engines or generators to have in operation at any particular time). Real-time emissions data can also provide information about maintenance issues. For example, high amounts of methane can be indicative of methane slip and unburned hydrocarbons can show incomplete combustion of fuel. Emissions measurements can alert crews about when to fix issues or upgrade certain parts in real-time. This information mitigates increased emissions from these issues and ensures that maintenance issues do not get worse. Harvey Gulf is one example of an operator that has started collecting this real-time emissions data on its offshore support vessels, through platforms offered by SailPlan. With more accurate emissions data collected through direct measurements, machine learning (discussed below) can then be “trained” on this data to provide far more accurate emissions estimates than can be accomplished through the use of emissions factors.” 

Using SailPlan’s technology offers decarbonization solutions through optimization while reducing fuel and maintenance costs. For example, by measuring emissions in real-time, operators can understand when engine issues are occurring in real-time and take steps to mitigate those issues immediately. SailPlan’s technology is a win-win for decarbonization and a company’s bottom-line.