Maintenance & Continuous Improvement

Brookes Bell to develop fuel testing and paint analysis facility
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Brookes Bell to develop fuel testing and paint analysis facility

Technical and scientific consultancy Brookes Bell has announced plans to develop a high-end laboratory to deliver comprehensive metallurgy, fuel testing, paint analysis and non-destructive testing facilities to help deliver a more comprehensive service to its maritime clients. The 8,000 square foot laboratory will also support entry into new markets. The facility will be commissioned in...

WinGD brings greater transparency to cylinder oil decisions
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WinGD brings greater transparency to cylinder oil decisions

Engine designer Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) has prioritised collaboration and transparency in its new cylinder lubrication guide, to ensure that selecting the right oil is easy and straightforward. The new documentation provides ship operators with consolidated, at-a-glance information highlighting the specific usage conditions for each and every approved cylinder oil. The guidance is the...

Optimising spare part procurement
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Optimising spare part procurement

We spoke with Roy Yap, chief growth officer at ShipParts.com, to find out how the online procurement platform for marine equipment is helping the industry to eliminate the inefficiencies of spare parts purchase and delivery.  The problem with spare part procurement today Operating and running a safe, compliant, and cost-efficient vessel requires each part or...

Wärtsilä extends predictive maintenance solution to support 2-stroke engines
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Wärtsilä extends predictive maintenance solution to support 2-stroke engines

Wärtsilä’s digital predictive maintenance product, Expert Insight, has been extended to support 2-stroke engines. Expert Insight uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and rule-based advanced diagnostics to identify potential issues in asset operating data. Wärtsilä’s experts are then able to provide actionable advice proactively to the customer. This facilitates a predictive maintenance strategy, whereby the health...

Unnecessary maintenance could be costing £15m per asset, says LR
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Unnecessary maintenance could be costing £15m per asset, says LR

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has reported that as much as 40 per cent of maintenance work carried out by Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel operators is unnecessary. By reducing these unwarranted manhours, operators could save on average almost £600,000 per asset each year, which is equivalent to £15m over an assets’ life. By applying...

Kongsberg Maritime adds equipment monitoring facility to Vessel Insight
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Kongsberg Maritime adds equipment monitoring facility to Vessel Insight

Kongsberg Maritime has introduced a new facility to its Vessel Insight portfolio to help shipowners monitor onboard equipment via one unified interface and predict failures through early detection of abnormal behaviour. This Health Management dashboard helps customers to mitigate the capital and operational risks associated with the failure or unplanned maintenance of critical machinery. By...

Whitepaper reveals how instantaneous crankshaft torque can prevent engine failures
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Whitepaper reveals how instantaneous crankshaft torque can prevent engine failures

Datum Electronics has released a new whitepaper that demonstrates how a single sensor, which continuously measures instantaneous crankshaft torque, can measure engine degradation and efficiency in real time, avoid its imminent failures and improve a vessel’s energy efficiency. In an effort to enhance vessel efficiency and expand the lifespan of the equipment, an increasing number...

40 per cent of vessels have ‘unacceptable levels of biofouling’
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40 per cent of vessels have ‘unacceptable levels of biofouling’

New research commissioned by Swedish biotechnology company I-Tech finds that 40 per cent of vessels have unacceptable levels of barnacle fouling. I-Tech contracted independent marine coating consultants, Safinah Group, to analyse underwater hull fouling condition on a sample of 249 ships which dry-docked over a four-year period between 2015-2019. The sample included all major ship...