GL installs new monitoring prototype

30 Jul 2012
GL MachineryManager screenshot from the CSAV Rio Blanco. Photo: GL Group

GL MachineryManager screenshot from the CSAV Rio Blanco. Photo: GL Group

GL Maritime Software, part of Germanischer Lloyd (GL), has installed the first prototype of its GL MachineryManager software to 'CSAV Rio Blanco', a car carrier owned and managed by German shipping company F. Laeisz.

GL MachineryManager is a single monitoring platform for onboard equipment. It warns crew when the condition of equipment has deteriorated, irrespective of manufacturer - not only on individual vessels but also across an entire fleet.

This information can then be utilised to provide an overview of the status of a fleet, allowing for the easy comparison of vessels with the same equipment and the creation of maintenance performance benchmarks.

Dr Torsten Büssow, head of GL's Maritime Software business, said: “The system will also improve the availability of their ships and save money, by allowing them to base maintenance work on the actual requirements of the individual piece of equipment - reducing unneeded maintenance and equipment replacement costs.”

GL and SKF began cooperating on the development and implementation of this joint solution for condition monitoring of rotating auxiliary machinery onboard ships in May 2011. GL and SKF experts also trained the crew in the use of the maintenance management software and the handheld unit, provided by SKF.

The prototype test will soon be expanded to include online data from sensors monitoring the bearing condition of the CSAV Rio Blanco's main engine.

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