Nautical Control Solutions, LP announced that the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has awarded a Type Approval certificate for its FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management system.
Anthony George, CEO of Nautical Control Solutions, said “Both a Manufacturer’s Quality Assurance (MA) audit by ABS and a Product Design Assessment (PDA) certificate are required for Type Approval.”
“An MA shows that we have established procedures to satisfy ABS rules and that we consistently meet expected levels of quality. A PDA is an evaluation of the product itself that includes a design evaluation and/or testing of a prototype or a production unit. It examines design criteria and component robustness for suitability in marine applications,” George explained.
Introduced in 2006, FuelTrax connects to various flow meters, sensors, and operating devices to capture fuel transfers, report tank levels, monitor consumption, track engine condition, and show vessel location so fleet owners can optimize performance. Captains use the data to check throttle settings for more economical operation based on current conditions. Maintenance crews use actual engine run times or fuel usage to optimize maintenance schedules, decreasing costs and increasing vessel availability. Operations can examine fuel trends to compare routes, crews, and technologies, and ultimately connect fuel consumption to the actual work performed by a vessel.