Lowering Fuel Costs
Fuel costs are often a significant part of operation overhead, depending on the fishery and equipment needs. Understanding ways to lower fuel consumption can be as effective as installing a new engine. Alaska Sea Grant has several publications on fuel efficiency and understanding other energy systems on your vessel.
Alaska Sea Grant's Fishing Vessel Energy Audits page features an interactive Excel spreadsheet for anlayzing your vessel's energy output and consumption. The Vessel Fuel Efficiency Resources webpage provides ideas and information on fuel and energy efficiency research. Finally, in the following publication, Alaska Sea Grant's Terry Johnson reviews changes in vessel operations to improve fuel efficiency.
|Fuel-Saving Measures for Fishing Industry Vessels|
This bulletin summarizes methods for reducing fuel consumption and saving money, based on published studies and experiences of commercial fishing vessel operators. On the fuel saving checklist are slowing down, keeping the bottom smooth and clean, reducing weight, watching the exhaust, checking propeller and steering, using Internet and AIS to monitor conditions, minimizing travel, keeping boat records and working with wind, tides and currents. Combining these small changes can result in significant improvement in fuel efficiency.
Another resource to consider when thinking about improving fuel consumption is the State of Alaska's lending program for engine fuel efficiency upgrades for qualifying Alaska residents.
For more ideas on improving fishing vessel fuel efficiency through operational changes and new technologies, listen a discussion from an online class sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant. Click or download the mp3 file below.