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Energy use of fishing vessels operating in Tasmania


Bishop, A and Chin, CKH and Thomas, G, Energy use of fishing vessels operating in Tasmania, Transactions of the The Royal Institution of Naval Architects: International Journal of small craft technology, 156, (Part B2) pp. 57-70. ISSN 1740-0694 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3940/rina.ijsct.2014.b2.150


This paper investigated the fuel consumption of fishing vessels operating within the southern rock-lobster fishery and the south-eastern shark and scalefish fishery in Tasmanian waters. This was undertaken by sending a questionnaire to operators surveying different vessels and estimating the vesselsí efficiency. The estimated yearly efficiency was checked using a one sided t-test and a 95% confidence interval. Using this efficiency the fuel consumption for the 2011 calendar year for southern rock-lobster and SESSF long-line vessels was estimated to be between 1.12 to 1.6 ML and between 0.70 to 0.80 ML respectively. To reduce this fuel consumption, different engineering solutions such as removal of bilge keels, service speed reduction and addition of bulbous bow were investigated, and it was found that vessels could reduce their fuel consumption by 5 to 20%.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:energy usage, Tasmania, efficiency, fuel consumption
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Naval architecture
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bishop, A (Mr Alexander Bishop)
UTAS Author:Chin, CKH (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Thomas, G (Professor Giles Thomas)
ID Code:97669
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2015-01-07
Last Modified:2015-03-11

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