Global shipping accounts for approximately 3% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to the output from an industrial economy such as Germany. Reducing this is a priority for the maritime industry and a challenge for shipping operators where profit margins are small and there are no obvious carbon-free alternative propulsion sources. Maximising the efficiency of current vessels propulsion systems and their individual and fleet operations represents the most realistic short term means of reducing emissions, particularly as fleet replacements are of the order ~20 years. Vessel engines and on-board machinery all log various important parameters for their specific functions; other data vessel characteristics are gathered at a low frequency, for example in the noon report. This data often ends up in disparate, difficult to access systems and in some cases the data is not retained. In order to improve the environmental impact not only does the vessel need to be understood as a whole (as opposed to separate systems) but the vessel needs to be compared with an entire fleet. By improving the data collection and analysis for each vessel we can improve the understanding of the fleet as a whole and reduce emissions, for example simply by optimising routes and arrival in port timings. Gathering data about existing systems and making it accessible to a wide range of analysis tools across disciplines is the basis for addressing the pressing issue of efficiency. Building up a data repository of historical data is critical to understanding current vessel (and fleet) emissions and thus providing a means to address future scenarios – whether economical or regulatory. Such a system does not exist and the potential of historical data cannot be realised – we propose solving this issue and to provide data access across disciplines, for example fleet operators, engineers, ship designers, regulators, etc
The successful candidate will study for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.
This is a fully funded (at EU/UK level) PhD supported by the Leverhulme Trust “Understanding Maritime Futures” Doctoral Scholarship Scheme. The deadline for applications is the 4th February 2016.
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Steven Johnston, FEE research group, Email: [email protected]
, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 3943.
To apply, please use the following website: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/engineering/postgraduate/research_degrees/apply.page