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KCC and Silverstream have agreed a technology deal

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Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has announced that a deal has been agreed to retrofit four additional vessels with the Silverstream® System, the air lubrication technology that reduces fuel consumption and subsequent CO2 emissions.

The technology will be first installed on CLEANBUs Barracuda and Barramundi, with CABUs Balboa and Baffin due to follow. The ships join the already outfitted MV Ballard and upcoming MV Baru, which will bring the total number of KCC vessels fitted with Silverstream’s technology to six.

The Silverstream® System utilises a series of air release units (ARUs) located along the flat bottom of the vessel. Oil-free compressors generate pressurised air that is sent through the ARUs, creating a layer of micro-bubbles that lubricate the hull, thereby reducing the friction between the hull and water. This reduction leads to a decrease in net fuel consumption and the subsequent CO2 emissions.

KCC CEO Engebret Dahm commented: "Improving the energy efficiency of our fleet through proven and reliable technologies is crucial to our commitment of delivering cost-effective decarbonisation for our customers. Early performance data from the first installation of the Silverstream solution on MV Ballard in September confirms a fuel consumption reduction in line with our expectations. We look forward to expanding its rollout."

Silverstream Technologies Founder & CEO Noah Silberschmidt added: “Our collaboration with KCC goes from strength to strength. They are a great collaboration partner for Silverstream Technologies and we are proud to support them on their journey towards net zero. The wet and dry bulk segment is an important one for Silverstream and we are pleased to be able to demonstrate the savings our Silverstream® System achieves in-service on these efficient combination carriers.”

It is expected the Silverstream solution will reduce emissions by an average of 5 - 7% on KCC’s vessels. In combination with the other energy efficiency measures underway in the fleet, this figure ranges approximately 15% when compared against performance as newbuilds. In addition to the agreed four vessels, KCC carries options for vessels built between 2016 - 2021 to also equip the technology.

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