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One hears repeatedly about the future of shipping in terms of future environmental regulations & stricter local laws, spread of digitisation & innovative technology, unique designs & efficient ships, etc. A combination of all these is expected to bring about disruption not just in the business of shipping but in our future way of life. However, this disruption is not possible without the oil that lubricates and enables all these gears.
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Is there a need for two similar regulatory regimes to coexist and does it make the lives of shipping companies more difficult? Captain Melvin Mathews of Eniram wonders if we must comply with both the EU MRV and the IMO?
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is ushering a paradigm change in the concept of sensors. Humans are no longer the only users of data. More often than not, data generated by sensors is further used by automatic algorithms, which imposes higher standards for the actionability and interpretability of the data. Attaining these standards typically requires mathematical modeling, which is used to tie together multiple data sources and to learn the relevant information. This leads us to the concept of a virtual sensor.
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Understanding and solving operational challenges of LNG vessels is what, we at Eniram, do every day. We have been helping around 30 LNG carriers over the past three years with onboard optimization and performance management. The latest matter we worked on was to figuring out how to assist tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE) and dual-fuel diesel-electric (DFDE) LNG carriers to optimise engine usage to save fuel.
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The increasing global demand for natural gas calls for shipping hundreds of millions of tons of it every year—liquefied and cooled down to -160°C. LNG transportation is a very complex and demanding area of shipping, not least because of operating with the low temperatures and high pressures required to keep the cargo liquid. However, managing the performance of the transportation effort of this cold substance sometimes seems to be based more on a warm gut feeling than cold facts.
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Although generally accepted as a promising fuel saving solution, there are only a handful of vessels fully installed with the Air Lubrication System (ALS). Results from CFD simulations and towing tank tests indicate a change in performance, even up to 10% depending upon the hull form.
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