Carbon War Room seeks shipowner willing to trial fuel saving retrofit

Carbon War Room (CWR) used the start of London International Shipping Week to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to shipowners or charterers for a grant that will help finance a single-vessel retrofit with what it described as “a bundle of proven technologies”. The retrofit will result in a minimum fuel savings of 10–15%, CWR claimed.

Up to $200,000 will be granted by CWR to fund the installation of continuous monitoring equipment. CWR will also commission independent, third-party analysis of the collected data, which will verify the benefits of the multi-technology retrofit and provide a ‘proof of concept’ for the entire industry.

The grant will cover a portion of the total retrofit bundle, with at least 50% of the remaining technology costs to be financed by a third party. This project is funded by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, which recently awarded €1,000,000 to Rocky Mountain Institute and CWR to expand their efforts in the shipping industry.

Victoria Stulgis, senior associate at CWR, commented: “This is an opportunity to highlight the savings from a technology-bundle approach through analysis of real, operational data. We’re excited to work with a forward-thinking owner or charterer to deliver a model that can be easily scaled across the industry, save money, and reduce emissions at the same time.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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