Fuel Efficient Shipping

Fuel Efficient Shipping

We will help the marine industry save fuel, lower operating costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Use of Fuel Efficient, Cost Saving Technology on Commercial Shipping

The Vessel Technology Assessment System (VTAS) project has been commissioned and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and will be delivered by a partnership of BMT and Black & Veatch. The primary objective is to assist the Commercial Shipping Industry to understand and confidently quantify the benefits of investing in fuel efficient technologies for existing and future vessels, thus accelerating the deployment of viable fuel efficient technologies.


The 15 month project includes three phases to optimise delivery of this project. Phase one includes identifying and engaging with the full range of stakeholders.Phase two involves the project in developing capabilities to meet stakeholder requirements.Phase three establishes a sustainable business operation to promote and support fuel efficient technology on commercial shipping after project completion.

  • PHASE 1

    Industry Engagement

    This element of the project includes identifying and engaging with the full range of stakeholders that are involved in all aspects of management, finance, operation, and procurement of vessels and on-vessel technologies. The objective of this phase is to assess the needs, attitudes and requirements relating to decisions on the use of fuel efficient technologies, such that barriers and opportunities are comprehensively understood, and can be addressed in a future project phase.

  • PHASE 2

    Develop Capability

    The Project Team will utilise intelligence gathered from discussion with industry stakeholders to establish and plan to resolve the obstacles that prevent adoption of energy saving technology. It is planned to develop accurate, transparent and trusted technical and financial models to support investment cases for energy saving technology required by decision makers.

  • PHASE 3

    Deploy Venture

    A fundamental aspect of this project is to establish a sustainable venture to promote fuel efficient shipping. During this phase we will develop plans to provide services that support the sector, based on stakeholder needs established in earlier phases. During the latter stages of the project we plan to deploy the venture and begin providing solutions to help the marine industry save fuel, lower operating costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Our Representatives

John Buckingham

Chief Technologist

John has been involved with studies on the energy efficiency of ships for over 20 years. In recent years he has been modelling the application of energy saving technologies to a range of ship types with a view to achieving challenging greenhouse gas reduction targets. He has modelled ship, engine and propeller behaviours across a wide range of ship operating states and has published numerous papers on the subject.

Anne Straw

Project Manager

Anne has over 20 years experience in programme and project management, the majority in the maritime sector. She has a track record of delivering high profile, complex projects with her most recent experience being in the defence sector. She has worked on programmes as diverse as conservation support for the iconic HMS Victory to £35M business cases to HM Treasury for complex warship support.

Charles Yates

Business Development Manager

Charles is Commercial Manager for the Enduring Entity and Managing Director of CmY Consultants. He has developed a number of innovative energy efficiency projects which are both commercial and cut emissions. Previously he was Head of the Grant Thornton London renewables team. For six years previously, he was a member of the Principal Finance Group, which acquired businesses with a total value of $21 billion.

James Campbell

Human Factors

James is a Human Factors Specialist with 18 years of experience in the defence industry across air, land and maritime domains. James has delivered successful projects involving opinion surveys and interviews for Dstl, Minsitry of Defence and Department for Transport. James is a technical member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Paul Bright

Deputy Project Manager

Paul has undertaken a number of project management roles in BMT and prior to that in Rolls-Royce. He was involved in the VTAS project as bid manager and subsequently in project delivery.

Vicky Lutyens

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

Vicky is expert in stakeholder engagement planning and delivery, with extensive experience in the development, designing and implementation stages through to the application of results to maximise project benefits.

Ian Sellwood

Technical Director

Ian is Technical Director at BMT Smart and brings industry knowledge and technical expertise to the project. Ian and the team at BMT Smart bring the critical experience with data collection and vessel performance analysis required to verify any new energy saving strategy.

Tim Baker

Project Director B&V

To assist the project please consider sharing your organisation’s experience of fuel efficient technologies using our online questionnaire.

The survey covers the following topics :
a) Industry barriers and motivators
b) Fuel and energy management techniques
c) Energy saving technologies and strategies
d) Possible solutions

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