Rolls-Royce has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Inmarsat to offer improved energy management solutions for ships.

Rolls-Royce seeks to make its energy management system available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband service under the new agreement.

Rolls-Royce’s Energy Management 2.0 software is designed to collect data from various ship control systems and equipment sensors to help reduce energy consumption and support environmental compliance.

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

“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.”

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Rolls-Royce Energy Management software's allows vessels to operate within the Inmarsat Certified Application Provider programme (CAPP) by connecting through Fleet Xpress and hosting on the Inmarsat Gateway platform.

The software is also capable of increasing vessels' efficiency, allowing ships to comply with the European Union (EU) Monitoring Reporting and Verification and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan.

Inmarsat Maritime Sales vice-president Stein Orø said: “CAPP allows third parties to work with Inmarsat to develop content-rich applications to populate the digital maritime world enabled by Fleet Xpress.

"Our Energy Management software quantifies the effects of optimising operational efficiency on costs and the true impact of enhancements as they are phased in."

"The combined Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat technological capabilities will deliver proven energy management software to shipowners with always-on connectivity.

“In the case of Rolls-Royce, the LoI 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.”

Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress has been able to receive commitment from more than 10,000 commercial ships since its initial launch last year.

Image: Rolls Royce’s energy management system. Photo: courtesy of Rolls Royce plc.