Vessel performance monitoring solutions and advisory services provider BMT Smart is set to launch the new, cost-effective Smartfleet management system at the upcoming maritime event, Nor-Shipping, in Oslo, Norway.
The new system uses accurate metocean data in combination with BMT’s algorithms to isolate the different components that contribute to overall vessel performance.
This will enable the operator to identify the cause of the inefficiencies and quantify the effectiveness of any adjustments that have been made.
BMT Smart managing director Peter Mantel said: "Whilst there are cost savings to be made through on-board optimisation, these are often extremely hard to quantify in a verifiable way and these types of tools can be seen as a burden to the crew.
"It’s for this reason that we wanted to focus our attention on shore-side performance management and provide ship owners and charterers with an easy-to-use shore based management tool, which can manage whole fleets of vessels and not just those that they own and operate."
Smartfleet combines five key performance indicators (KPI) of power, fuel, hull condition, propeller condition and SFOC coefficients.
The power coefficient aims to monitor the propulsive power, while fuel coefficient represents the overall changes to consumption as a result of the efficiency of the main engine and the vessel’s resistance.
Comparatively, the hull condition coefficient defines the relationship between the shaft rev/min and the vessel speed through the water, the company stated.
Propeller condition KPI is intended to monitor the efficiency of the propeller by modelling the relationship between shaft power and rate of revolutions. SFOC coefficient is used to monitor the efficiency of the engine.
Image: BMT Smart’s new solution will help operators to enhance the vessel performance. Photo: courtesy of BMT Group Ltd.