Tallinn Shipyard, one of the three BLRT Repair Yards, has installed the first DACS air lubrication system on the DANITA general cargo vessel owned by shipping company Amisco. The DACS air lubrication system is a joint development of the Damen Shipyards Group and the Delft University of Technology.
The Damen Air Cavity System (DACS) is a special system that maintains a carpet of stable thin air cavities over the flat bottom of a ship, achieving a significant reduction in water resistance, leading to a fuel consumption reduction by up to 15%, and, therefore, lower emissions, and increased efficiency.
Sergei Kravtšenko, a Tallinn Shipyard management board member, said that the shipyard team is delighted that Estonian-based shipping company Amisco, their long-standing partner, trusted none other but Tallinn Shipyard with the project. “We are committed to excellence and marine innovations, and years of experience and expertise prepared our seasoned team to handle the project. This cutting-edge technology will definitely enhance vessel performance and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future. We are proud to have been a part of the project.”
Air Lubrication Systems are generally considered low-maintenance compared to other efficiency-improving technologies, providing a reliable and practical solution for long-term use.
With the DACS-equipped Danita, Amisco will achieve the CII rating will achieve the necessary CII rating to continue operating in the Baltic Sea amidst new, stricter emissions regulations. At the same time, the considerable reduction in fuel consumption allows for a rapid return on investment.