For the last few decades, the marine industry has played a major role in contributing to a current state of global economy. According to the report provided by Maritime UK, shipping industry contributed 1.4% (£22.2 billion) to UK GDP in 2013 by providing direct and indirect maritime services and creating jobs in the sector.
And just as economy depends on shipping, the shipping industry depends on the environment of the global economy. Rapidly tightened regulations, increasing the cost of fuel, along with decreasing freight rates and growing environmental consciousness, force engine manufacturers, shipyards and shipping operators to look for a cost-effective and efficient solution to operate vessels to the best of its abilities.
Ship Performance Monitoring
Shipping, like many other industries, is extremely affected by fuel consumption and therefore cannot be ignored. According to recent researches, bunker fuel costs have been the largest cost of a ship’s operational expenses (OPEX). They account for over 50% (reaching up to 70% in some cases) of a vessel’s overall voyage operating cost, outperforming even crew wages and other maintenance costs.
Apart from fuel consumption, a ship’s overall energy consumption depends on a few other factors that can help in managing ship performance and fuel bills. These include:
- External environments like weather and sea conditions
- Technical efficiency of the ship (distance increase, speed allocation and speed increase)
- State of maintenance of the vessel (ship hull and propeller conditions, fouling)
- Operational state of the ship (load as well as draft and trim conditions)
To optimise a vessel’s fuel consumption and reduce its operating costs, it’s essential to understand how each part of vessel machinery affects the overall performance of the ship. Torsion meter systems have been specifically designed to measure and analyse data from obtaining from different parts of ship equipment, enabling operators to manage vessels in a more economical and environmentally beneficial way, compliant with latest safety regulations.
Temporary and Permanent Systems
The marine industry is vast and serves various tasks that require different types of shipping vessels: cargo ships, RoRo (Roll On Roll Off) ships, tankers, passenger ships like cruise liners, fishing vessels, and high-speed crafts (that include ferries, hovercrafts and catamarans).
Our Commercial Torsion Meter Systems are used on vessel propeller shafts to measure ship performance data any time including shaft horsepower, torque and RPM and compare historical data on an hourly, daily, monthly or annual basis. The system is modular, has a flexible shaft fit and can be installed with a minimal disruption to the ship system.
Working together with Navy forces worldwide, we also developed The Naval (Military Specification) Torsionmeter Systems to meet Navy requirements and defence standards for electromagnetic compatibility, shock, vibration, temperature, humidity, materials compatibility (salt spray, diesel oil etc) and ingress.
Whether you need a temporary solution to investigate engine performance on a small fishing vessel or a permanent system to optimise fuel consumption of a cruise liner or a big cargo ship, our torsion meter systems provide continuous real-time data and assist vessel operators in transforming it into actionable steps to comply with latest regulations, improve maintenance and reduce your fuel costs.
For the last 25 years, we have been working on the development and implementation of ship performance monitoring systems able to provide highly accurate non-contact shaft and power measurement data for ongoing monitoring on a ship. All our systems benefit from simple and economic installation and minimal service requirements.
User benefits from ongoing vessel monitoring include:
- Continuous real-time highly accurate data
- Increased operational efficiency
- Compliance with latest IMO regulations
- Availability of a ship’s operational history
- Competitive pricing and short delivery times
- Immediate savings of up to 3% in bunker fuel costs
Moreover, our dedicated and experienced team of engineers can assist you with installation, technical training and ongoing support worldwide.