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.