Maersk Orders 34 Slow Steaming Upgrade Kits

Maersk Orders 34 Slow Steaming Upgrade Kits

Maersk Line signed a contract with Finland’s Wartsila Corporation to install Slow Steaming Upgrade kits on 34 of its large ocean container vessels.

The order by the world’s largest ocean carrier follows the successful installation and testing of a kit on a sister vessel, the Axel Maersk, in late 2009.

Wartsila said it expects vessels equipped with the kits will achieve fuel savings of between 3 percent and 7 percent with the engine running at a low load.

These savings are in addition to those attained through reducing speed to slow steaming operation.

“The Wartsila slow steaming upgrade kit provides us with a solution for further fuel savings, while maintaining the necessary full operational flexibility of the ships,” said Palle Laursen, vice president, Maersk Line.

Most leading ocean container carriers introduced slow steaming over the past year in a bid to absorb an over-capacity of ships and to cap sharply rising fuel costs.

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