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A TOpti simulation for finding fuel saving by optimising propulsion control and power management

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Marine Science and Technology (Japan)
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The optimisation of load shares between parallel power sources is essential for fuel-efficient propulsion systems. A more complete power management problem can be formulated by including the propeller and its propulsion control. Not only does this allow for a reduction in the propeller load under the changing operating conditions of the vessel, but also it enables the minimisation of the machinery’s fuel consumption at load- and speed-dependent efficiency models. The need to optimise the design of the machinery in marine vessels has motivated the authors of the current article to develop a design tool for this purpose. The present case study gives an overview of the tool’s features and compares the optimal power management of a fishing boat with different propulsion control variants. Compared with a controllable pitch propeller, which is operated at a fixed speed, reductions in fuel consumption were achieved with reduced propeller speeds. The best fuel savings, approximately 11%, were achieved using a two-speed gearbox with a controllable pitch propeller.


  • Energy-efficient propulsion, Fishing boat, Numerical optimisation, Power management, Propulsion control

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