Energy efficient ship operation through speed optimisation in various weather conditions

Tong Cui, Benjamin Howett, Mingyu Kim, Ruihua Lu, Yigit Kemal Demirel, Osman Turan, Alexander Day, Atilla Incecik

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Speed optimisation or speed management has been an attractive topic in the shipping industry for a long time. Traditional methods rely on masters’ experience. Some recent methods are more efficient but have many constraints, which preclude obtaining an optimum speed profile. This paper introduces a relatively advanced model for global speed optimisation towards energy efficient shipping in various weather conditions and shows the effect when the method is employed. With this model, if a ship type, departure and destination ports and fixed ETA (Estimated Time Arrival) are given, the stakeholders can be provided with a more reasonable speed operation plan for a certain commercial route, which leads to lower fuel consumption. Weather conditions and, hence, routing plays a very important role in this process. Several case studies over different shipping conditions are considered to validate the model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends and Challenges in Maritime Energy Management
EditorsAykut Olcer, M. Kitada, D. Dalaklis, F. Ballini
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018

Publication series

NameWMU Studies in Maritime Affairs
ISSN (Print)2196-8772


  • speed optimisation
  • weather routing
  • energy efficiency


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