Skysails Equips Ardmore Fleet with Efficiency Monitoring Systems

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
SkySails Performance Monitor bridge display (not aboard an Ardmore Shipping vessel). Photo: SkySails

German manufacturer SkySails outfitted Ardmore Shipping vessels with Performance Moniter, a performance monitoring system used to gauge the efficiency of fuel-saving technologies.

Ardmore Shipping, an Irish product and chemical tanker specialist, has recently taken delivery of the first of its new-build series of four 49,999 dwt IMO3 product and chemical tankers from SPP Shipbuilding in Korea. Ardmore, a product and chemical tanker specialist that operates a fleet of seven vessels from 17,500 dwt to 50,000 dwt, integrated numerous fuel-saving technologies its new build vessels, including larger and more efficient propellers, Mewis Duct and propeller boss cap fin devices for improved propeller and hull form efficiency, MAN B&W ME-B and ME-C electronic engines, as well as a high-performance hull coating. These technologies are anticipated to reap fuel savings of 10 to 15%. Each ship also holds voluntary EEDI certification by ABS.

To better manage vessel performance, Ardmore Shipping has also equipped its vessels with Performance Monitor, a vessel performance monitoring system from German manufacturer SkySails to evaluate the effectiveness of the applied fuel-saving technologies and for operational optimization purposes.

SkySails’ Performance Monitor is a sensors-based computer system continuously collecting and analyzing data about the ships’ and operating conditions, thus lending transparency to the interrelation between the various factors that determine the optimal settings for operating a vessel. By providing just the right amount of real-time onboard and onshore data and decision support, the SkySails Performance Monitor delivers the necessary insights for improving a ship’s operational efficiency. At the same time automated data collection, transfer and import routines free up time for more important tasks.

Stephan Wrage, CEO of SkySails said, “A vessel’s fuel consumption heavily depends on a range of factors, including operating conditions such as waves, wind and load, which can change dynamically during sailing. Whether the master and owners are looking for the most profitable speed, the most economical speed or the ETA speed for just-in-time arrival, our Performance Monitor collects the data and provides the real-time analysis that helps them to find the optimal operational settings, such as speed and trim. With the daily bunker bill being such a high proportion of vessel operating costs, Performance Monitor performs a critical role in maximizing efficiency and profitability, on the bridge and on shore, for each vessel and across the fleet.”

The most recent vessel in Ardmore’s fleet to benefit from SkySails Performance Monitor is the Ardmore Seavaliant, a 49,999 dwt IMO3 product and chemical tanker build by SPP Shipbuilding in Korea in accordance with SPP’s industry-leading design for this vessel class and delivered to Ardmore in March 2013. The Ardmore Seavaliant has since been delivered on a 12-month charter arrangement to US transportation company Cargill, an organization known for its emphasis on chartering modern, fuel-efficiency vessels.

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  • Ardmore Seavaliant, the latest vessel in the Ardmore fleet to be equipped with SkySails Performance Monitor. Photo: SkySails

    Ardmore Seavaliant, the latest vessel in the Ardmore fleet to be equipped with SkySails Performance Monitor. Photo: SkySails

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