The vessel, built
in the late 1980’s and owned by the Finnish Environment Institute
(SYKE), switched over to bio-oil for
heating earlier this year.
the next step of the trial, we will start burning a mix of mineral-based marine
diesel and bio-oil in the vessel's main engines during upcoming trips, looking
to find the optimal ratio for efficient and economical engine operation with
the highest possible proportion of bio-oil,” said HRD manager Juha Flinkman
from SYKE's Marine Research Centre.
the proportion of bio-oil in the fuel, the lower the ship's carbon load."
cooperation partners are adding more travel days to the Aranda's annual programme: the Natural Resources Institute Finland
(LUKE) will carry out its annual fish stock assessment trips on the Aranda and the Swedish Meteorological
and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) uses the Aranda
for monitoring the Baltic sea in cooperation with the Marine Research Centre.
Aranda's changes are not limited to new and more cost-effective cooperation
projects. The third contract period with shipping company VG-Shipping, which
began at the turn of the year, will introduce significant technological changes
to the Aranda, reducing her
environmental load. This is a welcome changes since SYKE's certified
environmental programme EKOSYKE has identified the Aranda as one of the largest individual sources of carbon load in
SYKE's operations. This load has already been reduced with the help of an
energy efficiency assessment carried out in collaboration with the shipping
company, which has, for example, facilitated more efficient planning of
research trips, leading to reduced fuel consumption.
the Aranda also received a
considerable grant for an overhaul of the entire ship, the purpose of which is
to ensure that she can take care of her duties until the end of her life cycle
in the 2030s. The current fuel upgrade and subsequent upgrades to be carried
out in 2015-2018 will not only make the Aranda
a more cost-efficient and versatile research infrastructure used by a number of
cooperation partners, but also one of the most environmentally friendly ships
operating in the Baltic and Arctic seas.