Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

AMS cuts CO2 emissions by 97 per cent confirms latest research
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AMS cuts CO2 emissions by 97 per cent confirms latest research

Automated mooring systems (AMS) can cut CO2 emissions by 97 per cent from vessels during mooring operations, according to the latest research from the University of Cantabria, Spain. The researchers from the university, in collaboration with the department of Sciences and Techniques of Navigation and Shipbuilding, School of Nautical Studies of Santander, found that AMS...

Wartsila and Transocean enter thruster maintenance agreement
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Wartsila and Transocean enter thruster maintenance agreement

Wärtsilä and Transocean have signed a performance-based agreement that will optimise the maintenance of all Wärtsilä thrusters in the Transocean fleet. The agreement also seeks to reduce dry-docking costs by extending the service intervals of the thrusters, providing fewer interruptions to operations. The performance-based agreement builds on the Wärtsilä Propulsion Condition Monitoring Service (PCMS), that...

Chevron’s cylinder oils approved by MAN
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Chevron’s cylinder oils approved by MAN

Chevron Marine Lubricants has received two No Objection Letters (NOLs) from MAN Energy Solutions for the use of three of its Taro cylinder oils with MAN’s automated cylinder oil mixing system (ACOM). The NOLs come following successful field testing on a 6S90ME-C8 MAN B&W two-stroke engine using the ACOM system. The first NOL is for...

Chelsea Technologies wash water monitor installed on scrubber retrofit
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Chelsea Technologies wash water monitor installed on scrubber retrofit

Chelsea Technologies Group (CTG) wash water monitoring system for monitoring the water quality of marine scrubbers has been chosen for installation to a Shadong Pure Ocean Technology scrubber that is being retrofitted to the BAO Glory bulk carrier. CTG’s Sea Sentry wash water system provides fully autonomous monitoring of the water inlet and outlet of...

Fuel efficient speed analysis added by Royston
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Fuel efficient speed analysis added by Royston

Diesel power company Royston has developed a new ecospeed analysis capability for its enginei electronic fuel management system (EFMS), used to identify and maintain optimum vessel speeds for efficient fuel usage. Devised in cooperation with marine engineering specialists from Newcastle University in the UK, the ecospeed algorithm is based on speed modelling and analysis of...

Lubrication failures most common cause of engine damage
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Lubrication failures most common cause of engine damage

Lubrication oil related failure is the most common cause of damage to main engines followed by incorrect maintenance or repairs, finds the Swedish Club. Between 2010-2014, the Swedish Club found 23 casualties relating the lubrication failure, costing US $663,35. Between 2015-2017, these figures increased to 40 casualties costing $763,320. VPO Global spoke with Peter Stålberg,...

CargoMate closes £500,00 seed round for port call optimisation technology
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CargoMate closes £500,00 seed round for port call optimisation technology

Shipping technology start-up, CargoMate, has closed a £500,000 seed investment round, which the company will use to develop its port call optimisation platform for container ships. CargoMate has been piloting this technology with a major ship operator since December 2017. The port call optimisation platform aims to improve turnaround time for container ships in port...

Metalock technique decreases vessel repair downtime
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Metalock technique decreases vessel repair downtime

Lack of training on the Metalock technique could be increasing time and cost of machinery component repair on board ships, says Andre Mortimer, president, of the Metalock International Association (MIA). When a piece of metal machinery on board ships cracks and requires urgent repair, the most common response is to weld the material, which sticks...

LR and Tufton Oceanic pilot maintenance optimisation project
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LR and Tufton Oceanic pilot maintenance optimisation project

Tufton Oceanic’s asset management company Oceanic Marine Management (OMM) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) have announced a partnership to optimise maintenance strategies on board two OMM vessels. The project will start by using LR’s Real Time Adaptive Maintenance Optimisation (RTAMO) software technology. RTAMO provides a reliability centered maintenance approach and a strategy for condition-based monitoring, reducing...

PPG and DNV GL collaborate to improve hull performance
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PPG and DNV GL collaborate to improve hull performance

  Marine coatings company, PPG, and classification society, DNV GL, have signed a collaboration agreement to improve hull and propeller performance through DNV GL’s hull analysis methodologies. The IMO has said that one tenth of the world fleet’s fuel consumption is attributed to poor hull and propeller performance, costing owners an additional USD 30bn a...