Hull and propeller performance degradation can cause a 15-20% loss in vessel efficiency, with a corresponding increase in fuel consumption and GHG emissions. Diligent hull condition monitoring and maintenance can negate these penalties and represents an effective, low-cost energy saving measure available to ship owners for immediate implementation.
In responding to the market need to cut fuel costs, MACSEA is ramping up its Hull Medic hull condition monitoring service using its published methodology and automated, cloud-based data analytics process. The company is offering its hull condition monitoring analytical services for as low as $495 per month per ship for ten ships or more. Analysis can be done from data already collected or MACSEA can provide an automated data acquisition system.
By driving the cost of hull condition monitoring down to the point where most ship owners can afford it, owners can save money through optimal hull condition-based maintenance and can help improve the environment by reducing GHG emissions. Additional benefits include measuring efficiency gains from other related energy conservation measures, such as alternate propeller designs and hull coating choices. Hull and propeller performance monitoring systems, such as Hull Medic, monitor vessel performance over time and provide hard evidence of efficiency gains necessary to build business cases for prudent investment decisions.
While there is some international standards development activity underway for hull and propeller performance analysis, which MACSEA supports, the eco-technology provider is one of the few companies that has actually published its methodology, making their processes fully transparent.