Energy Saving Support for professional Fishermen
Reducing the fuel consumption of fishing vessels is vital for two reasons. First, it limits the environmental impact of professional sea fishing. And second, it helps to keep vessel running costs at a level that small-scale fishermen can afford, since fuel expenses can account for as much as 40% of revenue. Cooperation Maritime has therefore launched the AMARREE programme, with a view to reducing energy consumption in the commercial fishing industry.
The French Act on the Programming and Orientation of Energy Policy (known as the “POPE” Act, articles 14 to 17 of Act no. 2005-781), passed in 2005, introduced Energy Saving Certificates (ESC). Under this scheme, so-called “obliged” energy suppliers (fuel, electricity, gas, domestic heating oil, etc.) are required to introduce energy-saving incentive measures. The programme is entirely funded by Total Marketing France in its capacity as an “obliged” energy supplier.
Vessels are fitted with innovative econometers that precisely measure fuel consumption. The aim is to fit 250 such gauges. They provide real-time fuel consumption data, allowing fishermen to drive the boat more efficiently. If you are interested, you can fill our questionnary here. With this informations, we will be able to establish the compatibility between your boat and the econometer .
The observatory gathers and analyses data from the econometers fitted to fishing vessels to produce accurate energy consumption statistics. It publishes data on fuel cost trends and how these changes impact vessel profitability. The observatory also compiles a list of existing vessel energy-use reduction systems.
Since the programme was launched, 143 partners have signed up, 10 partner working meetings have taken place, and the programme has been presented 9 times.
Find out here about the first episode of our webserie about existing energy-saving systems : the inverted bow, presented by Jacques the fishermen.
If you are interested, you can fill our questionnary here. With this informations, we will be able to establish the compatibility between your boat and the econometer. 66 on 250 persons have already filled it.
Thanks to Stephane Jacquot from the Ministry in charge of Fisheries, an article about AMARREE was written, you can read it here.