In order to lead the maritime transport routing well beyond the state of art, a consortium of partners brought up their skills to develop a complete software solution called Maritime Module in the EU project SYNCHRO-NET. The report D3.1 presents the energy modelling of the routed ships, necessary to perform weather routing.
The models created shall take into account the increase in energy demands due to the encountered weather (wind and wave loads) and the speed of the ship, so the weather routing algorithm that uses those results is aware of the real ship consumption on the area the ship is sailing.
Two approaches to obtain an energy model are described. First, using some results from the former EU project ULYSSES, a “generic” modelling tool has been enhanced and allows for a fast and low-cost energy model with only little input data. This model is built upon an important database of sailing ships.
As the performances vary from one ship to another, an advanced energy modelling tool is developed with Bureau Veritas’ energy efficiency tool SEECAT, integrating CFD results to take into account complex hydrodynamic loads. The sensitivity of the CFD results on many parameters such as trim, draught, speed etc… has been carried out by HydrOcean and the final results for a 14,000 TEU container ship are presented in the document.
All the enhancement brought to the initial tools are describes in detailed, and the models obtain will be used in the project demonstrators. The models generated are described in D5.1.
Source: Synchronet Staff