Royston develops optimum vessel speed tool
Diesel power specialist Royston has developed an innovative analysis tool as part of its enginei electronic fuel management system to enable operators to maintain optimum vessel speeds for efficient fuel usage.
Devised with marine engineering specialists from the UK’s Newcastle University, Ecospeed calculates a unique optimum performance profile for individual vessels by taking into account a range of shipping data including fuel use, speed and distance, sea state, wind speed and current.
“The new ecospeed EFMS feature provides an essential means of helping vessel operators to accurately identify optimum voyage speeds in the interests of both maintaining fuel efficiencies and complying with emissions regulations,” said Damian McCann, product manager for enginei fuel management systems at Royston.
This information is gathered during a dedicated sea trial or from a vessel’s existing enginei system installation and is used to identify optimum vessel speeds in different conditions to ensure that maximum fuel efficiencies are maintained.
As well as fuel consumption, the ecospeed module also provides details of carbon emissions and voyage duration to help crews to make informed decisions on vessel speed and environmental performance for all journeys.
The enginei EFMS system accurately records fuel consumption data by individual engines which is presented via touchscreen monitors installed on the bridge and in engine control rooms.
In addition, the system remotely sends the information from ship to shore where it can be accessed through a simple web dashboard with computer generated graphs and Google mapping to show an operational profile of a vessel.
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