About the company
3029 AL Rotterdam, Netherlands
Pieter Kapteijn, Fulko Roos & Frode Lundsteen Hansen
Marine Performance Systems B.V.
MPS is a Danish-Dutch marine engineering and technology company, based in the Port of Rotterdam, offering shipowners integrated solutions that reduce fuel consumption, lower emissions and control fouling with a 2-3 years' payback period.
Marine Performance Systems B.V. is a Danish-Dutch marine engineering & technology company, based in the Port of Rotterdam. We have developed a novel approach to air lubrication by using oscillators. These oscillators are so-called ‘fluidic’ devices that use fluids to perform analog or digital operations similar to those performed by electronics. NASA used fluidic systems in the early days of space travel, because they were extremely reliable, having no moving parts. We took the technology further and developed oscillators that produce (micro) air bubbles that can be injected into the boundary layer of ships to reduce friction or ‘drag’. With this innovative approach to Air Lubrication, viscous drag can be reduced by up to 60%, resulting in up to 20% lower fuel consumption and emissions. By controlling the oscillation frequency, we can change the size of the bubbles to match the ship. The current designs have a preset frequency of ~ 300 Hz, producing some 30,000 (micro) bubbles per second per oscillator or about 80 million bubbles per second for a larger tanker. The MPS Air Lubrication technology using oscillators is protected with 13 global patents while 4 new patents are pending.
The MPS Solution
An integrated retrofit solution that reduce fuel consumption, emissions and fouling up to 20% on ships.
The MPS Solution is an integrated, turnkey solution that reduces the viscous drag of the ship, using patented 2nd generation air lubrication as the core technology in combination with other technologies and artificial intelligence to reduce the fuel consumption, emissions and fouling by up to 20%. The solution is installed during a normal dry-docking period (10-14 days) and can be upgraded using divers during port calls. The solution does not require any structural modifications to the hull, can be installed at any shipyard in the world, and has no moving parts outside the hull to maintain. The savings are independent of fuel type, today and in the future, or sailing speed. The payback period is 2-3 years with a designed lifespan of 10-15 years.