E-learning steers shippers to energy efficiency

German shipping company E.R. Schiffahrt has set sail for more fuel savings across its fleet by introducing energy efficiency e-learning. The business said it has finished a trial of an […]

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By Vicky Ellis

German shipping company E.R. Schiffahrt has set sail for more fuel savings across its fleet by introducing energy efficiency e-learning.

The business said it has finished a trial of an online course called “Energy Efficiency on Board”.

It plans to train the captains and chief engineers across its entire fleet of 125 container ships, bulk carriers and offshore ships.

The course is designed to help operators “significantly improve” the energy efficiency of their on-board systems for ships’ propulsion, main engine and auxiliary power.

Training also covers better route planning to save fuel and improving steering with propellers and rudders and by adjusting trim and ballast – which gives a ship stability and changes how high it rides in the water.

Ronald Schnitter, Director of Fleet Personnel at E.R. Schiffahrt said: “Our captains and chief engineers are the main target group for this e-learning course. Alongside the technical details discussed during the training, there are modules on team work and team development to improve communication on board that are very interesting for our crew”.

Christian Heitmann, at training firm DNV added: “When implemented effectively, the methods taught for clever manoeuvring can save time and money without the needs for any additional outlays.”