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19-08-2015

DNV GL Announces "Future-Proof" Eco-Retrofit Tool

The tool generates what-if scenarios to help companies predict the future.

DNV GL\u00a0says it has added a new tool to its\u00a0ECO Retrofit service that the classification society claims will make bulbous bow optimisations "future-proof."

The organisation says it has already helped 200 vessels upgrade to bulbous bows for better energy efficiency, DNV GL said that it had encountered the same questions multiple times from clients concerned about the usefulness of retrofits if conditions changed in the future.

\u201cEven though our new ECO Retrofit tool cannot change the volatility of the market, it quantifies performance for a bandwidth of scenarios from worst-case to best-case scenarios, supporting more informed business decisions,\u201d said Carsten Hahn, Senior Project Engineer ECO Lines at DNV GL Maritime.

The new service reportedly creates between 5,000 and 10,000 vessel specific bow designs to assess for a broad range of operational conditions, and also includes an excel-based tool that can generate "what-if" scenarios.

"Should customers want to change any elements of the analysis the tool simply recalibrates the new input to create more what-if-scenarios and to ensure that the final design is future-proof," the organization said.\u00a0

Last year, then-DNV GL Maritime CEO\u00a0Tor Svensen, who is now the group's executive vice president, also noted that energy efficiency newbuilds and retrofits had "become the norm."


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