Norwegian company ScanReach has developed ConnectFuel, an application which is part of its wireless IoT platform and provides real-time fuel consumption data, says in article published on bunkerspot website.
ConnectFuel links flow meters attached to the fuel lines to displays on the bridge and onshore, providing real-time information on fuel consumption as well as for a selected period. The technology is said to be able to assist in fuel savings.
According to ScanReach CEO John Roger Nesje, CEO of ScanReach, ConnectFuel’s offers ‘fuel awareness’ onboard and ashore, which might show, for example, that too many auxiliaries than necessary are running, or encourage more efficient ship handling such as changing speed, direction and trim.
“A vessel’s fuel cost can account for up to 70% of its total operating cost. Feedback from the industry shows a strong belief that lack of instant fuel consumption awareness could lead to overconsumption of fuel,” said Jacob Grieg Eide, ScanReach’s Chief Business Officer.
According to the company, obtaining fuel consumption has previously been a challenging and expensive operation because of the cabling required to transfer data around a ship. Costs can be reduced through the use of ScanReach’s onboard steel penetrating mesh of wireless nodes. ScanReach suggests that return on investment can be 10 times better than for conventional alternatives.
The installation of ConnectFuel only takes one to two hours and can be undertaken by vessel crew.
The next installation will be onboard the Arctic trawler Olympic Prawn, which was delivered to Olympic Seafood by Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard in December 2020. Like other Olympic-owned vessels, the newbuilding already had a mesh for keeping track of personnel on board (POB) using ScanReach’s ConnectPOB system and was already fitted with flow meters which now communicate via the same mesh to a bridge display.
Class society DNV reviewed existing fuel monitoring technologies, and its report acknowledged that “smart data gathering, and presentation of operational data can contribute positively and reduce emissions by creating an onboard culture and awareness around energy and fuel consumption. An IoT platform which enables collection and connection of relevant operational data is suitable as a basis for forming operational targets and philosophies.”
- ScanReach has developed ConnectFuel, an application which is part of its wireless IoT platform and provides real-time fuel consumption data.
- ConnectFuel links flow meters attached to the fuel lines to displays on the bridge and onshore.
- The installation of ConnectFuel only takes one to two hours and can be undertaken by vessel crew.
- ScanReach suggests that return on investment can be 10 times better than for conventional alternatives.
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