Trials prompt fleetwide switch to LED lighting

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

28 May 2019


German ship operator Oldendorff Carriers has started to equip its entire fleet of bulk carriers with efficient and environmentally friendly LED lights.

Over the last year, the company ran a series of trials to analyse the performance of different LED manufacturer’s lights, including intensities and colours. Some of the environmental advantages of LED lights include:

  • Up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent, halogen, and incandescent lights.
  • LED lights contain no toxic elements
  • LEDs emit virtually no IR or UV
  • LEDs come on at 100-percent brightness almost instantly
  • LEDs are breakage resistant and largely immune to vibrations and other impacts
  • Fewer LED lights are needed
  • Life span is longer

After tests on four ships were completed, Oldendorff evaluated the feedback from aboard and determined it was worthwhile to switch to LED. The tests also helped to identify the optimal LED lights for its vessels. The company has now started to supply its vessels with the selected lights. The first six ships have now been fitted. The remaining ships will either get equipped in dry-dock or during the upcoming voyages by the crew.

With LED bulbs fitted, the workload for the crew on board will be significantly reduced, as the lifetime of LED bulbs is about five times longer compared with normal fluorescent bulbs. The use of LED’s will also reduce the electrical power requirement and consequently the emissions from each ship.