Title: Green routing design in short seas

Authors: Yuanqiao Wen; Xiaoqiao Geng; Lichuan Wu; Tsz Leung Yip; Liang Huang; Dingyong Wu

Addresses: School of Navigation, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China; Hubei Key Laboratory of Inland Shipping Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China ' School of Navigation, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China ' Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, SE-752 36, Uppsala, Sweden ' Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong ' School of Navigation, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China ' School of Navigation, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Abstract: In recent years, with the development of shipping industry, the mass of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions originating from ships is also increasing rapidly. To reduce the GHG emissions from ships, designing the optimised routes with higher energy use efficiency is becoming more important for ships navigating in short seas. Based on the innovative application of energy efficiency operational index (EEOI), a route optimisation model is established. To solve the model, we divide one single voyage into several voyage segments and consider the variable speed across voyage segments. Then the navigation strategy is used to find out the sailing route of the minimum EEOI value, this sailing route is called as the green route. Finally, numerical experimental results show that the EEOI values of the experimental groups which used the optimised navigation method are 4.67%-16.95% lower than that of the control group. The results demonstrate that the green route designed in this paper can effectively improve the energy use efficiency of ships.

Keywords: green routing; energy efficiency operational index; EEOI; short sea shipping; discretisation; shipping industry; greenhouse gases; GHG emissions; ship emissions; route optimisation; navigation strategy; energy consumption.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2017.083474

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2017 Vol.9 No.3, pp.371 - 390

Available online: 16 Mar 2017 *

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