Monday, June 6, 2011

BMT Group Latest Research Partner for Low Carbon Shipping Study

More Experts Added to EPSRC Program
Shipping News Feature

UK – Leading maritime design and engineering consultancy the BMT Group has announced that they are the latest industrial partner to join in the UK’s cutting edge research initiative designed to find ways to make shipping more environmentally sound by reducing the industry’s carbon emissions.

The ‘Low Carbon Shipping - A Systems Approach’ is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry funded three-year collaborative project between five UK Universities (UCL, Newcastle, Hull, Strathclyde and Plymouth) who will work as a consortium alongside a range of industrial partners such as Lloyds Register, Shell, Rolls Royce, the British Ministry of Defence and David MacBrayne. By collaboration in this way it is hoped to identify the best ways that shipping can respond to the challenge of a carbon constrained future and reduce its CO2 emissions.

BMT will bring to the project their experience in the performance impacts of hull roughness and fouling, the design and engineering of more efficient propulsion plant and performance monitoring of fuel efficiency and emissions onboard vessels.

Dr Phil Thompson, Sector Director for Transport at BMT Group, said “This is a very exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the design and operation of ships. We have to drive down costs and we have to drive down emissions. We at BMT are delighted to be using our experience in such an important research project by developing innovative design solutions. After all, a more efficient ship is a greener ship.”

With the shipping industry’s emissions estimated to increase to 20-30% of the global total production of carbon the creation and implementation of new technologies for sea freight and transportation is a high priority, with some £360 million spent in the last five years on low carbon development and another £530 million earmarked for future investment.