CBH welcomes results from Blue Visby shipping trial

Grain Central, May 20, 2024

CBH Group is the only grain-focused company to join the Blue Visby Consortium. Photo: CBH Group

AN INDUSTRY-FIRST series of trials aimed at reducing carbon emissions from international shipping through eradicating the industry practice of “Sail Fast, Then Wait” has achieved promising results.

The trial involved a consortium including CBH Group that formed last year.

Known as the Blue Visby Solution, it notifies ships of the optimal date and time for arriving at their destination as determined by analysis of several factors, including weather, vessel performance, and congestion at destination.

Blue Visby’s first trials took place during March and April, and involved two CBH-chartered bulk vessels, the Gerdt Oldendorff and the Begonia, travelling to the Kwinana Grain Terminal.

Several different benchmarks were tested throughout the trial, including speed, engine performance, arrival window dates, and intended voyage parameters.

The emissions reduction was analysed by comparing the actual voyage with its digital twin in the Blue Visby system.

When analysing the Gerdt Oldendorff, the CO2 savings varied depending on the intended standard speed,

The Begonia demonstrated CO2 savings of 12.9 percent, measured against the vessel’s intended speed of 14 knots per hour.

The trial results were consistent with earlier initiatives, including a 2023 Blue Visby pilot program, which resulted in an average CO2 saving of 18.9pc across 10 voyages.

Integral to the success of these trials was the comprehensive testing of all components of the Blue Visby Solution, including software, technical and operational systems.

The trials demonstrated that the solution seamlessly integrates with existing voyage planning processes, ensuring minimal disruption while delivering substantial carbon reduction  benefits.

CBH chief marketing and trading officer Paul Smith said the trial demonstrated that management of shipping emissions would play an integral role in CBH’s goal of reducing site to customer emissions over time.

“We’re proud to have been involved in Blue Visby’s first trials, which have demonstrated positive results,” Mr Smith said.

“Our involvement in the trial has provided valuable insights that will help us reduce emissions in future shipping programs.

“The benefits will flow on to our customers, who are also exploring how they can reduce emissions throughout the grain supply chain.

“This project was part of a huge collaboration between charterers, ship owners, and the CBH and Blue Visby teams, and we appreciate the efforts of all those who have helped make these results possible.”

The trials are part of a wider program across many geographical areas involving other members of the Blue Visby consortium which will be conducted in coming months.

Source: CBH Group


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