Propulsion System Monitoring Installed in NOAA Ships

By George Backwell at September 01, 2012 06:27
Filed Under: General
Oil fuel is the major operational cost (not counting labour) of a typical commercial vessel followed by equipment maintenance. By closely monitoring fuel consumption, engine and other vital system data by the vessel crew and corporate office, substantial savings can be realised.The key is to have that data available in front of all the right persons at the right time allowing operational changes to be made quickly to optimise efficiency; better still if there are no monthly fees to be paid for the service. Just such a system was recently installed by American company Krill Systems in two of the U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) specialised ocean research vessels, Henry B.Bigelow and Pisces.Each of these two ships has its own onboard database, called the Vessel Operations Centre (VOC), which through displays enables operators to make the most economical fuel settings on board.  At the same time sensor data is synchronised with the other ship’s VOC ... [More]

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