From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) incentivized Energy Conservation (i-ENCON) personnel met fleet schedulers of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet for the first time, April 26-28, in Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan.
I-ENCON, a NAVSEA-managed initiative, is part of the secretary of the Navy's efforts to reduce total energy consumption on naval ships.
"The assembly marked the first time fleet schedulers were educated on i-ENCON processes," said Hasan Pehlivan, i-ENCON manager. "Incorporating i-ENCON protocols with fleet schedulers' planning efforts for ship courses, enables ships to potentially save even more fuel than ship captains can accomplish alone."
As a "Meet-the-Fleet" initiative, i-ENCON program sponsors routine meetings with ship operators to review specific fuel-saving procedures and recommend quarterly awards for ships with the most fuel-efficient operations.
Award money is routed to each commanding officer's discretionary funds that are often used to buy items like damage control gear or to augment the ship's welfare and recreation programs.
"These incentives are very important to i-ENCON' success," Pehlivan added. "It's a voluntary program that requires real commitment from ships' commanding officers, chief engineers and main propulsion assistants. I receive calls and emails from ships every day wanting to know how they can participate and improve their fuel performance."
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