W&O Improves Fuel, Energy & Emissions with FuelProof

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

W&O, the United States’ largest supplier of marine valves, pipe, fittings, engineered products and valve automation systems, introduced FuelProof fuel, energy and emissions management system, significantly saving money and improving vessel efficiency by integrating current data management systems. 

“With fuel and other costs continually rising, vessel owners and operators are increasingly conscious of the amount of resources needed to maintain current operations.  We developed the FuelProof system with modules that provide better accuracy and more precisely monitor vessel bunker custody transfer, fuel consumption and efficiency, and emissions.  The FuelProof system significantly saves money and improves performance visibility for vessel owners and operators,” said Jack Guidry, President and CEO of W&O.  “Using the W&O iShip data management infrastructure, FuelProof also takes operational efficiency a step further by integrating all existing engine management, automation and DCS systems using a single, easy-to-use interface that provides accurate measurement, recording and reporting of valuable fluid flows on vessels.”

The FuelProof bunker module considers all factors affecting bunker transfer measurements, unlike current measurement methods in place that require manual measurements and calculations to compensate for temperature, density or grade, which can provide a one to five percent margin of error in the readings’ accuracy.  FuelProof’s direct mass method of measurement delivers a 0.5 percent margin of error during the bunkering process, drastically reducing discrepancies and costs. 

“Accurately gauging fuel intake during the bunkering process can drastically reduce costs while providing a more precise level of overall fuel consumption, which has a huge impact on the bottom lines of large vessel and fleet owners.  The FuelProof system can provide a payback in months based on accurate bunker fuel transfer and consumption,” said Guidry.  “Furthermore, the ability to monitor all fluid levels on a vessel in one interface increases efficiency on a much larger scale for vessel and fleet owners.”

Scalable to any large ship or smaller barge, FuelProof has many applications and can be utilized as a single fuel measurement system or be fully integrated with all vessel measure and control systems.  This complete interface captures, records and reports all vital fluid levels on vessels in a single data management infrastructure to provide a single, context based view of vessel operations to all stakeholders in the company.  Furthermore, a vessel’s FuelProof system can transmit anywhere in the world to allow fleet managers to accurately gauge operations of all fleet vessels simultaneously. 

The FuelProof system easily integrates with existing emission-reducing technology on vessels, including the Amot G-Valve, to provide a complete, accurate measurement and improvement of emissions compliance.  FuelProof can also be used to ensure compliance with emission control areas (ECAs), improving fuel switching performance and emissions monitoring and verification.” 
 

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