Saving Money with Fishing Vessel Energy Audits

Saving Money with Fishing Vessel Energy Audits

Terry Johnson and Mike Gaffney

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Fishing vessel energy audits have resulted in useful hints to reduce overall operation costs. The authors report initial outcomes of a State of Alaska–funded project showing vessel owners how much energy each vessel system and its operations consume—propulsion, electrical, hydraulics, and refrigeration. Based on audits, engineers recommend several energy conservation measures (ECMs) such as slowing down, “right sizing” generators, turning off electrical devices when not needed, declutching hydraulics when not in use, and purchasing premium efficiency compressors. Vessel owners are invited to use energy calculation software tools and participate in audits.

Also see Fishing Vessel Energy Audits and Alaska Vessel Fuel Efficiency Resources.

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