Data-driven ship energy efficiency analysis and optimization model for route planning in ice-covered Arctic waters

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  • Wuhan University of Technology
  • Chalmers University of Technology


As increasing numbers of merchant ships navigate in the Arctic waters, more energy efficient navigation in the Arctic is needed for both economic and environmental purposes. This paper aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of energy efficiency of ice-going ships. Firstly, a data-driven model based on neural network theory is developed to predict the energy efficiency of ships in the Arctic. Then, a route with optimum energy efficiency is presented, intended to cut costs and be as environmentally friendly as possible. Finally, a case study is carried out to analyze the performance of a case study ship sailing at various environmental conditions. The results indicate that when planning the route for such an Arctic ship, it would be shortsighted only to focus on distance rather than energy efficiency. Moreover, the model shows good agreement between the simulation and real-life navigation. It is expected that the construction of this multi-angle, energy efficiency optimization model could help to improve Arctic navigation.


Original languageEnglish
Article number106071
Number of pages12
JournalOcean Engineering
Early online date13 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Arctic navigation, Optimization model, Route planning, Ship energy efficiency

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