With the majority of shipowners, apart from those fitting scrubbers, expected to face substantially higher fuel costs from 1 January next year Becker says owners are opting to retrofit Mewis Ducts to improve fuel consumption thereby reducing costs.
“By employing the Becker Mewis Duct, consumption is lowered by an average of six per cent for both empty and fully loaded ships,” said Dirk Lehmann, managing director Becker Marine Systems. “Reductions are often higher for older ships,” he added.
Delivery time for the Mewis Duct is currently three months, plus one week in the shipyard for retrofitting, which the company says owners can still act now in ordering the energy saving product and have it fitted in time for the start of the sulphur cap next year.
To date the company has sold “well over” 1,000 units of the Mewis Duct and claims a reduction in CO2 emissions of more 7m tonnes from vessels it is used on. Among its customers CMA CGM is fitting the Becker Mewis Duct Twisted to its 22,800 teu containerships being built in China.