FLAGSHIP Develops Improved Monitoring System

By Jocelyn Redfern at January 26, 2011 16:46
Filed Under: Company News

FLAGSHIP, the pan-European maritime transport project part funded by the EU, has developed a monitoring system that applies the Technical Condition Indexing scheme (TCI) to help a ship’s crew monitor and improve the technical condition of the engines. The deployment of the FLAGSHIP-TCI system can help a ship’s crew to enhance voyage safety, lower fuel consumption and reduce the emission of air pollutants.

Based on a robust methodology for measuring the technical condition and performance of a vessel’s main engines, auxiliary engines and thrusters, FLAGSHIP’s use of TCI can promote proper engine conditioning while reducing maintenance and off-hire costs. Integrated with an analysis package based onshore, the on-board system generates a set of performance indicators based on reference values, historical performance and benchmarks.  The ship’s superintendent and crew receive a report in which problems are detected and highlighted via a high level traffic light showing green, yellow or red depending on the severity of the issue.  The user can also access an on-line version of the report to investigate the precise data that caused the warning.   

FLAGSHIP’s application of the TCI concept utilises developments in satellite communication and the Internet which allows data to be rapidly collated, processed and distributed to both ship and shore-based personnel.  The system adds value by analysing robust data and presenting it in a format that is easily digested and acted upon by either by a shore-based superintendant or a ship’s crew at sea.

The FLAGSHIP–TCI project was led by MARINTEK in Norway and was supported, delivered and trialled in conjunction with NTNU in Norway, Teekay Shipping,  and Rolls Royce in the UK; Danaos Shipping Co Ltd and ASME of Greece; Containerships in Finland and RINA in Italy.

 

Source: Flagship PR Jan 26th, 2011

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