Silverstream Installs Air Lubrication on Vale Sea Victoria
Clean technology company Silverstream Technologies has announced that it has recently completed the installation of its market-leading air lubrication technology, the Silverstream® System, on the Vale-chartered newbuild ore carrier Sea Victoria. The installation is the first time that any air lubrication technology has been deployed on a very large ore carrier. Coming in at 324,300-dwt, Sea Victoria is the latest Guibamax newbuild dry cargo ship constructed by Vale.
Silverstream’s technology creates a rigid carpet of microbubbles that reduces friction between the hull and the water, cutting fuel burn and associated emissions by a proven 5-10%, depending on the vessel.
The technology was chosen by Vale because these independently verified savings directly align with the organisation’s Ecoshipping program. Under its Ecoshipping program, Vale will aim to reduce its Scope 3 emissions – generated across its supply chain – by investing in leading clean technologies and future fuels to accelerate emissions reductions across its chartered fleet.
Silverstream was able to progress and complete the installation of its technology in Sea Victoria despite the challenges caused by Covid-19. The company used its supply chain expertise to work with a number of different organisations during installation, including vessel owners Pan Ocean, naval architects Shanghai Ship Design Research Institute (SDARI), as well as New Times Shipbuilding and Yiu Lian Dockyards (Shekou) Ltd.