Azhar Razin ’26
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Understanding Low Uptake of Energy-saving Devices on Board Ships
As an intern at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, I investigated the low uptake of energy-saving devices on board ships and formed a data-driven commercial framework to overcome this environmental barrier. Retrofitting ships with energy-saving devices such as Flettner rotors, air lubrication systems and kites reduces overall fuel consumption, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. However, the uptake of these technologies has been low, and this is attributed to the low financial incentive and consistent fuel savings data. I researched these energy-saving devices and analyzed the gaps in their effectiveness and measurability. Specifically, I focused on how sensors could potentially bridge the differences between theoretical and actual fuel savings for more accurate readings. To address the issue of low financial incentives, I researched the possibility of implementing a carbon credit system based on fuel savings. I also had the valuable opportunity to discuss my research with different stakeholders in the industry, including charterers, shipowners and device manufacturers. This project gave me the opportunity to gain technical skills such as coding, and to situate myself in professional environments. It also made me realize that every small contribution is important in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Innovation and a New Energy Future
Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation - Singapore
Lynn Loo, Chief Executive Officer, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation; Shane Balani, Director of Research and Projects, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation; Sanjay C. Kuttan, Chief Technology Officer, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation