Optimarin has launched a new service frame agreement integrating the benefits of its new OptiLink digital solution for ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).
The agreement aims to minimise operational costs and ensure regulatory compliance for shipowners by facilitating digital diagnostics and data analysis, remote interactive support, and data sharing.
The additional offering is expected to help owners better manage their BWTS and improve maintenance planning.
One of the elements in the new service package is the option of compliance reporting. OptiLink enables ballast water data to be shared with third parties, including class societies and port authorities, so the required certificates can be obtained without port delays due to lab tests and vessel inspections.
“This service agreement is intended to maximise uptime for a vessel during transit or while at port through regular planned maintenance and upgrades, thereby keeping operating costs to a minimum,” said Optimarin’s vice president for services Arild Stølen.
OptiLink can be retrofitted either onto an existing Optimarin BWTS or even a third-party system, which would require permission from the vendor.
It gathers data from sensors on the system that is available to the vessel crew on a computer interface in the control room and also via an internet or 4G link to the ship manager onshore.
This provides real-time monitoring of the BWTS to give online access to key performance indicators such as water condition, temperature, pressure, power consumption and back-flushing, while also alerting users to possible maintenance issues as long as the ship is connected to the cloud through available connections.
The cloud-based system makes it possible for Optimarin to carry out remote troubleshooting, training and over-the-air software updates, as well as for preventive maintenance to be performed in a timely manner, to keep the BWTS running efficiently and the vessel on schedule.
Furthermore, OptiLink will over time build up and provide the option for customers to access a global heat map indicating the water quality of different ports around the world based on accumulated data and this will enable shipowners to optimise voyage planning to avoid ballast water compliance issues.
Optimarin’s executive vice president for sales and marketing Tore Andersen explained: “The more vessels that have this system installed, the more data will be collated on the level of sediment in water at ports around the world.”
He points out there could also be a major cost saving by identifying so-called ‘red’ ports – or those with a high level of muddy water – through heat-mapping as these can result in additional fuel and other costs associated with excessive ballast water transfers.
“This digital tool provides the missing link for better planning of ballast water operations with high value for shipowners,” he noted.