On 8 July 2014, the specialist group "Ship Efficiency" was established in Stade. This new specialist group brings together maritime skills to offer individual stakeholders better networking opportunities, combine competences, provide information about existing activities and initiatives, and promote specific events, working parties, projects and studies.
The influences on this subject are varied – a ship's performance and efficiency are not a product, but a process that endures throughout the lifetime of a vessel. The specialist group looks at new technologies and provides a platform for presenting competitive, forward-looking solutions. These solutions take account of all aspects of maritime operations and help to both reduce fuel consumption and improve efficiency.