FutureShip ECO-Assistant 4.0 Adds New Features

Marinelink.com
Monday, September 16, 2013
TrimOptimizer: The easy-to-use interface has become a trademark of ECO-Assistant. Speed, displacement (or current drafts) and optional extra ballast are all that is needed to get the optimal trim.

The latest version of ECO-Assistant, the trim optimisation tool from FutureShip, the maritime consulting arm of Germanischer Lloyd, incorporates a number of new features, including a fuel consumption calculator, system usage monitoring, benefit reporting and an E-learning module to speed familiarity with the system.

 

With some 600 installations since its introduction three years ago, ECO-Assistant has been proven to deliver significant energy fuel savings to its users and the new features will enhance the functionality and usability of the system.


Trim optimisation is one of the most effective tools for enhancing ship fuel efficiency as it offers benefits which have been verified in sea trials, can be easily implemented on existing tonnage and has a payback time which can be measured in months. Managing energy more efficiently has become a key area in shipping with the new SEEMP (Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan) regulations requiring greater monitoring and documentation, also an increasing point of emphasis from maritime authorities and contractual partners.


“ECO-Assistant can achieve efficiency improvements of up to 6%. A typical 7,500 TEU container vessel operating at a slow steaming speed can reduce its CO2 emission by 2,740 tons per year by using the system. Additionally, ECO-Assistant can be integrated with a vessel’s cargo planning system to realise even greater fuel saving potential, optimising ballast water management”, said Dr Karsten Hochkirch, Head of Fluid Engineering, FutureShip.


Fuel Calculator

Reliable data on vessel fuel consumption is becoming increasingly vital, not only to benchmark and assess vessel and fleet performance but to fulfil charter agreements. Developed in partnership with Hamburg based ship operator NSC the new fuel consumption calculator in ECO-Assistant responds to these needs by providing the fuel consumption for an arbitrary sailing condition with a single click. This new function re-uses the hydrodynamic knowledge base behind the system’s trim optimisation to generate this information, while performance data and semi-empirical corrections are utilised to provide fuel consumption curves that reflect individual hull fouling, ambient conditions, fuel quality and engine characteristics.


Björn Eichhorn, Fleet Director of NSC Schifffahrtsgesellschaft, said: "The ECO-Assistant data gave us the capability to reliably compute fuel consumption at draft and speed conditions not covered by model tests or sea trials.”


Automated Reporting

The new reporting feature generates automated PDF reports for periods or voyages, stating usage and achieved savings, at the push of a button. These reports can be used as to demonstrate energy efficient operation for SEEMP documentation, national and port authorities, and between contract partners. The process connects on-shore and on-board staff with a common view on usage and benefits of the system and this effectively results in regular and consistent usage.


E-Learning
Building on the experience gained from working with customers on some 600 installations over the last 3 years the new E-Learning module allows new users to familiarise themselves with ECO-Assistant anytime, anywhere, at their own chosen speed, whether for an initial introduction, or for a brush-up on a certain feature. The module ensures easy initial implementation and ensures that new crew members can be familiarised with the system quickly smoothly.


These new features have emerged from the consistently close relationship between FutureShip and its customers. An on-going dialogue with customers has formed the basis for the strategies used in the system’s development, with users defining how the system can better reflect their needs and help them to perform better

 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Marine Propulsion

MAN Diesel & Turbo Updates Turbocharger Safety Warning

MAN Diesel & Turbo SE has released an update to Alert Service Bulletin ASB2013/02/18 containing important safety information related to NA and NR type grey cast iron turbochargers.

MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Wärtsilä Expects 5% Sales Growth

Wärtsilä announced its third quarter results, reporting that it sees good development in order intake and profitability. According to Wärtsilä, third quarter

Environmental

Interferry Applauds IMO Consideration of BWTS Exemption

Interferry has praised a decision made at last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) that could exempt certain ferry operators

MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United

Fuels & Lubes

MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Court Dismisses Boating Industry’s Challenge to EPA Misfueling Rule

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) said it is disappointed with the U.S. Court of Appeals decision released on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 for the D.

INTERTANKO Welcomes IMO Bunker Decision

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to consider introducing measures to improve controls of bunkers delivered to ships. After six submissions to the IMO over four years,

Container Ships

Containers, Cruises Help Boost Marseilles Fos

Container throughput at French port Marseilles Fos reached 876,711 teu for the period January to September, an increase of 6% on the first nine months last year.

Iridium Partners with Trimble to Support Expansion

Iridium Communications Inc. announced an agreement with Trimble that expands the company's use of satellite communications in its core Transportation and Logistics

VT Halter Begins Building LNG-powered ConRo Ships for Crowley

VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has commenced construction on the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered,

Vessels

Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United

Chief of Naval Personnel Visits Naval Special Warfare

Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran visited Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Sailors during an all hands call on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oct.

FMT Orders Another Towboat from Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. of Mandeville, LA exercised another additional 90’x32’x10’ “Canal

Ballast Water Treatment

Interferry Applauds IMO Consideration of BWTS Exemption

Interferry has praised a decision made at last week’s meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) that could exempt certain ferry operators

MEPC Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, Emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) met for its 67th session from October 13-17, 2014, at IMO Headquarters in London.

Bright Outlook for BWM Convention

The Danish Maritime Authority informed that the Ballast Water Management Convention is now one step closer to ratification following last week’s meeting of United

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2573 sec (4 req/sec)