Sustainability Through Efficient Actions in Maritime (STEAM)

Sustainability Through Efficient Actions in Maritime (STEAM) led by Signol

Putting the right piece of information in the right hands at the right time and providing operators with timely nudges to improve performance in routine tasks.

The project aims to directly target the behaviour of crews in order to improve fuel efficiency. In doing so, Signol studied specific maritime crew operational behaviours.

Qualitative research, including interviews and surveys, were used to assess the best way to adapt the Signol software system to the maritime industry. From the interviews, speed optimisation and reduction stood out as the most significant operational measure for improving efficiency, followed by auxiliary engine optimisation. Quantitative research was conducted to assess the effect of each individual Captain on a vessel’s efficiency. Individual captain fuel efficiency varied significantly even when external factors were controlled for.

The findings from the project have helped to inform the wider development of Signol’s Maritime MVP. From the data analysed under the STEAM project, implementation of Signol on oil tankers, for example, could realise an average 1.56% reduction in fuel use (and thus achieve significant emissions reductions in the maritime industry).

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