Total Cost of Ownership
Reducing costs across the entire lifespan of your vessel.
Combining the purchase price and cost of operation across the vessel’s lifespan, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a determining factor in any marine project. To lower costs, we need to look at the bigger picture from the beginning, as well as considering the vessel’s performance over time. Factors to consider include:
Reducing fuel consumption and/or increasing payload by using lightweight solutions
Saving energy on HVAC systems with optimal thermal performance
Saving money on expensive mechanical shading and air conditioning systems
Extending the life of your projects while reducing downtime and costly repairs
Remember that it’s also important to take into account the cost of installing different materials – lighter solutions not only reduce the amount of energy you need onboard but are also quicker and easier to apply, reducing transport costs and emissions.
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How lighter solutions can optimise total cost of ownership?
Weight has a huge impact on the cost of operating your vessel – the heavier it is, the more fuel and energy it consumes. Light, easily compressible solutions not only reduce the weight of your vessel but also simplify logistics and reduce transport emissions. Lightweight, high-performance U SeaProtect technical insulation is up to 50% lighter than traditional stone wool. Combining ISOVER’s insulation with a floating floor from Weber generates further weight savings without compromising on quality, safety or performance – you'll save approximately 5000kg per 1000m2 by using Weber Fireshield.
Reducing HVAC consumption for lower energy costs
Optimised heating and air conditioning enables you to create comfortable work and living spaces. To achieve this, marine thermal insulation plays a key role. Opting for solutions with superior thermal insulation properties, like ULTIMATE™ mineral wool, increases passenger comfort while also reducing your operating costs – you will need to use your HVAC system less or can even install a smaller one. Thermal flooring also improves comfort in living quarters by ensuring even heat distribution, keeping the room up to 2°C warmer. What’s more, thermal flooring, like Weber’s Marine Thermofloor, reduces problems caused by humidity, condensation and freezing, which in turn limits the need carry out maintenance work. Glass can also reduce energy costs by helping you manage the ambient temperature of your vessel. Tinted glass provides thermal control, reduces glare and increases privacy. For example, SageGlass electronically tintable glass can be silently tinted to block up to 91% of solar heat and prevent glare without the need for blinds or shades, significantly reducing the need for HVAC.
Reducing maintenance costs
Maintenance costs can quickly spiral and impose lengthy downtime. Corrosion is one of the main problems affecting all kinds of vessel. Applying coatings to the most susceptible parts, such as the hull, protects the steel from corrosion, for example, by adding a thin layer of zinc or aluminium. Saint-Gobain Coating Solutions’ Thermal Spray Aluminium (TSA) can be applied using the lightweight Z-Jet wire flame spray for a lifespan that is up to 5 times longer than for paint solutions. Choosing insulation with a built-in vapour barrier, like Kaiflex®, prevents condensation on your cold water pipes. Robust materials designed for lasting performance on your walls, ceilings and floor also help keep maintenance to a minimum.
Combining lower operational and installation costs
Fast installation requiring less labour will significantly reduce your costs from the outset. You can save valuable installation time with lighter products that are ready to install and easy to handle including self-adhesive options. Light, compressible solutions take up less space for lower transport and storage costs, while innovations – such as ISOVER’s Quick-Cover system to bend insulation on top of stiffener heads – speed up installation and require less skilled labour. What’s more, using a mixer pump, you can install up to 300m2/hour with Weber’s self-levelling floor products.
Reduce total cost of ownership at every level
Lightweight marine insulation
Lightweight, high-performance U SeaProtect insulation is up to 50% lighter than traditional stone wool, reducing the weight of your vessel.
Designed for HVAC and cold-water pipes, efficient flexible elastomeric foam insulation avoids condensation and corrosion with a built-in vapour barrier.
Marine glass solutions
Keep cabins and other interior spaces at a comfortable and constant temperature with a wide array of glazing solutions.
Innovative electrochromic marine glass for unparalleled control of your indoor environment for maximum comfort and energy efficiency.
Weber Marine lightweight flooring solutions are up to 68% lighter to reduce the overall weight of your vessel.