When La Méridionale decided its Marseilles-Corsica ferry, Girolata, was overdue for a retrofit of its power management system (PMS), it had some demands for AMM Electricité Marine, the naval electro service contractor.
First, the new PMS must be less manual and more automated, so that it could better manage energy. Second, it had to have a similar look and feel as the old one – efficient and easy to use. Third, it had to incorporate a new shore power connection, so that when the ship was at dock, it was not burning diesel fuel. Lastly, the complete renovation must take place under an extremely tight deadline – namely, under four weeks.
“You can’t stop a ship so easily,” says Christophe Séguinot, Technical Director at La Méridionale. “So we usually take advantage of a maintenance stop, and that has a set duration.”