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When analyzing vessel performance, the fuel consumption plays a critical role. This is especially true because fuel consumption constitutes the largest portion of a ship’s operating costs. Therefore, for savings analysis the ultimate goal is to quantify savings in terms of tons of fuel used. Regardless of issues such as noisy signals and scattered data, reliable estimation of fuel consumption is important since collected data acts as a final confirmation of all energy analysis results.
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Nowadays everyone is collecting data. One hears a lot of talk about big data, how it revolutionizes doing business with companies controlling the data having a competitive advantage. Exactly how this competitive advantage is realized is often a bit fuzzy. Collecting data is easy but actually creating some value from the huge amount of collected data is when it gets hard. Data itself is useless unless it is converted into information. But it is when this information gives strategic insights that the true value of the data comes to the forefront.
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A couple of years ago we installed our system on a customer vessel to enable the customer to verify the savings achieved by that system. The system collected data for one month before activation and then collected another month of data for comparison afterwards to see how much was saved by using the system. I guess this is quite a normal procedure for every operator to try out new energy saving solutions.
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Some time ago I read an article on the internet based on an angry letter sent to a reader’s forum. The author was heavily complaining that his friends had been left ashore with their car, as the ferry had departed ten minutes ahead of schedule. When demanding for an explanation, they were told that it is the ferry operator’s policy to try departing ahead of schedule in order to save fuel. This tends to make perfect sense to everyone, because saving fuel means saving environment and that’s a good thing, right? Apparently not everyone agrees, as based on the comments following the letter, opinions were rather divided.
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A product Eniram intuitively developed several years ago precisely for the monitoring and recording of vessel performance is come to the forefront with the MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) initiative being proposed by the EU for monitoring reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transportation. This product which is widely installed on our customer’s vessels is known simply as the EVP (Eniram Vessel Platform) and is in fact the dynamic data collection platform that feeds optimization applications.
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I attended the Hull Performance and Management Seminar, hosted by the Lloyds Maritime Academy in mid-June in London. It was a very interesting event, providing a good overview of the industry’s topical challenges – especially for someone like me who has never sailed (apart from as a passenger), and barely even seen a ship hull in close distance.
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I can not be more proud of our latest achievements. First we introduced the world’s first truly dynamic trim optimization solution and now we are taking it to the next level by introducing the world’s first weather based trimming. Last year we brought to market the only speed optimization tool, that is capable of truly accurate prediction of the RPM of your propellers to reach your destination just-in-time with minimum fuel consumption.
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