”I have worked here for over 14 years. The best thing about this job is meeting all the passengers that live out here,” says Peter Jörnestrand, skipper at the Burö passenger ferry outside of Gothenburg, Sweden. He explains some of the benefits he has seen while using the iHelm for almost two years as a pilot customer: ”Getting up to our optimal speed at 8 knots is easy, but then if you want o go to 9 knots that’s almost double the fuel consumption, and a couple of knots above that it increases four-fold. These things become very evident when you see them on the display like this. Now we consume less than half the fuel we did before we started using the iHelm,” he explains.
Another benefit he has noticed is that it’s easier than before to teach new crew to drive more efficiently. ”They follow alongside me or some other experienced captain, and we basically tell them to drive like the system suggests, and then they learn an economical way of driving right from the beginning,” says Peter.