More efficient ship energy management under Inmarsat, Rolls-Royce agreement

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

More efficient ship energy management under Inmarsat, Rolls-Royce agreement

The Rolls-Royce energy management system could be available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband service, after the two companies signed a letter of intent.

The agreement is designed to reduce energy consumption and support environmental compliance.

With data collected from a multitude of ship control systems and equipment sensors, Energy Management 2.0 also benchmarks efficiency against historical performance.

“Monitoring ship fuel consumption and emissions is required by law in some areas and is also increasingly used in vessel selection criteria by charterers,” said Marco Camporeale, VP of Intelligent Asset Management Solutions at Rolls-Royce.

“Our energy management software quantifies the effects of optimising operational efficiency on costs and the true impact of enhancements as they are phased in. Fleet Xpress always-on connectivity and the potential for application-triggered bandwidth mean that data can be logged in real time, optimising the verifiable reporting capability already built in to Rolls-Royce energy management system software.”

Vessels equipped with Rolls-Royce energy management software can operate within the Inmarsat Certified Application Provider program (CAP), connected via Fleet Xpress and hosted on the Inmarsat Gateway platform. They are then able to maximise their efficiency in a way that is constantly verifiable and compliant with European Union (EU) monitoring reporting and verification, and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan.

“The CAP program allows third parties to work with Inmarsat to develop content-rich applications to populate the digital maritime world enabled by Fleet Xpress,” said Stein A Orø, VP of sales at Inmarsat Maritime.

“The combined Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat technological capabilities will deliver proven energy management software to ship owners with always-on connectivity.”

Application-triggered bandwidth usage allows end users to choose whether to dedicate part of their bandwidth allocation to specific vessel efficiency measures or for the app itself to trigger bandwidth ‘dynamically’ by the hour.

“In the case of Rolls-Royce, the letter of intent envisages remote monitoring to document environmental compliance, but new digital services can also be delivered to the maritime industry that create efficiencies for users and new revenue streams for vendors. Application-triggered bandwidth pricing means this can be completely transparent,” said Orø.

The arrangement could provide a template for other vendors seeking to exploit the potential of Fleet Xpress, which has already attracted commitment from over 10,000 commercial ships since its launch last year.

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