Improved energy efficiency for Grandi Navi Veloci

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SITE provided the retrofit of the lighting system in the fleet of Italian ferry company Grandi Navi Veloci, replacing classic sources with LED-based sources manufactured by our company under its Vivila brand. The project was defined with GNV and included supply, installation and warranty maintenance of nearly 54,000 internal and external lamps for 7 ferries.
The Project
SITE, in an active collaboration with the ferry operator, supported the customer in the technical and financial analysis of the investment. In addition to supplying its own product, SITE would provide a turnkey solution geared towards energy efficiency, conformity to relevant standards and improved aesthetic results. The solution proposed was engineered by SITE based on vessel requirements in terms of lighting efficiency as well as colour temperature and light source aesthetics. Replacing the lamps resulted in considerable savings, with less energy required to power the system. On average, 70% savings can be achieved over previous energy consumption. Add to this the reduced maintenance costs (one-fourth lower than before) and the indirect energy benefits. In fact, unlike normal incandescent lights, LED lighting does not generate heat. This translates into lower air conditioning costs, with positive effects on ship fuel costs and the environment, as well. The project also included on-the-field training of GNV’s maintenance staff by SITE technicians, product manuals and a three-year warranty. In the collaboration with GNV, SITE created and was recognised by the market for that added value it wants to give LED lighting customers: guaranteed products of the highest certified quality and engineering of solutions best suited to the customer’s needs.

Technologies Used
The collaboration resulted in a contract for the supply, installation and warranty maintenance of nearly 54,000 internal and external lamps for 7 ferries.
More specifically, the following were installed:
  • Vivila downlights
  • 60- and 90-cm LED tubes
  • R80s and bulbs
  • Spotlights
  • LED panels

Customer: Grandi Navi Veloci is an Italian shipping line, established in 1992 by Aldo Grimaldi. The first ship, the M/n Majestic, was launched in 1993. The Company operates sea routes in Sardinia, Sicily, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, France and Albania. In addition to its passenger services, the Grandi Navi Veloci fleet is also committed to development of the Motorways of the Sea.

Opportunity:: The budget available for this project did not allow replacement of all the lighting equipment on board the vessels. Accordingly, it was decided to inspect all the ships to establish the type and number of lights present on each, in order to determine priorities for the work that was feasible in view of the budget available, thus optimising the advantages obtainable in terms of eliminating/mitigating any safety issues, saving energy and optimising maintenance policies.

The project: SITE retrofitted the lighting systems on board the vessels operated by Grandi Navi Veloci, replacing the standard technology with the LED technology produced by SITE SPA under the Vivila brand name.
The project agreed with GNV consisted in the supply, installation and maintenance under warranty of about 54,000 internal/external lights on 7 ships.
SITE actively collaborated with the shipping line on the technical and economic analysis of the investment. In addition to supplying its own products, SITE provided turnkey solutions designed to optimise energy consumption, in compliance with sector regulations while also improving the aesthetic appearance of the fittings. In fact, the solution presented to the customer was designed by SITE to take account of the lighting efficiency requirements on board, as well as the required colour temperature and the aesthetic look of the light fittings. Replacement of the lights resulted in considerable energy savings. This saving averaged about 70% of the previous energy consumption. In addition, there are benefits in terms of maintenance costs (reduced to about one quarter of the previous level) and indirect power consumption. Specifically, LED lighting does not generate the heat of normal incandescent bulbs: this reduces the use of air conditioning and therefore the fuel consumed by the ships, with a benefit for the environment too. Activities included the field training provided by SITE technicians to GNV maintenance personnel; in addition, the customer received full product documentation and a 3-year warranty. Working with GNV, SITE provided and obtained market recognition for the value added offered by the LED lighting sector: guarantee of a certified, high quality product and design of the most suitable solution for the customer’s needs.

Advantages: The replacement of standard technology lights with new, high efficiency LED technology lights resulted in considerable energy savings. This saving averaged about 70% of the previous energy consumption. Much less energy is released into the environment, in the form of heat, with respect to the past. The average lighting level has increased significantly while maintenance costs have been reduced, given that LED lights have a much longer life expectancy than traditional bulbs.