Istituto di Scienze Marine     
Sala A., De Carlo F., Buglioni G., Lucchetti A. Energy performance evaluation of fishing vessels by fuel mass flow measuring system. In: Ocean Engineering, vol. 38 (5-6) pp. 804 - 809. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, 2011.
A new fuel consumption monitoring system was set up for research purpose in order to evaluate the energy performance of fishing vessels under different operating conditions. The system has been tested on two semi-pelagic pair trawlers in the Adriatic Sea with an engine power of around 900 kW, and with length overall of around 30 m. Both vessels work with a gear of similar design and size, the differences between the two vessels are in the propeller design and the hull material: the first with a controllable pitch propeller (CPP) and a metal hull, the second with a fixed pitch propeller (FPP) and a wooden hull. The fuel monitoring system conceived at CNR-ISMAR Ancona (Italy) consists of two mass flow sensors, one multichannel recorder and one GPS data logger. The working time duration, the vessel speed, the total fuel consumption and the instant fuel rate were logged by the system. A typical commercial round trip for a semi-pelagic trawler consists of several fishing operations (steaming, trawling sailing, etc.). Fuel consumption rate and vessel speed data were used to identify energy performance under different vessel-operating conditions. The highest fuel demands were during the trawling (130 l/h at 4.4 kn) and the steaming (100-130 l/h at 11 kn) phases. Fuel savings of up to 15% could be obtained by reducing the navigation speed of half a knot.
DOI: 10.1016/j.oceaneng.2011.02.004
Subject fuel saving
energy efficiency
pair-boat trawling
Mediterranean semi-pelagic fisheries

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