<span>Maintenance & Continuous Improvement</span>

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...

ABB pioneers drydock-to-drydock turbocharger service concept
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ABB pioneers drydock-to-drydock turbocharger service concept

ABB Turbocharging has introduced a holistic service package that offers shipowners financial predictability and peace of mind while reducing complexity and enabling greater insight into equipment health. Turbo MarineCare offers a turnkey solution to maintenance at a fixed price, providing continuous cover from drydock to drydock. Designed for customers with turbochargers for two-stroke engines, the...

Digital development turbocharged by half a decade due to pandemic
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Digital development turbocharged by half a decade due to pandemic

The global pandemic is turbocharging digital development in the maritime industry by half a decade, facilitating new ideas and a new exploratory mindset to realise the potential of this decade and the next decade, says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. The global COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the maritime industry’s status quo of...

Self-learning solution helps boost engine performance & optimise maintenance
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Self-learning solution helps boost engine performance & optimise maintenance

A new artificially intelligent shaft condition monitoring system by Datum Electronics is helping shipowners and operators to enhance fuel efficiency and optimise maintenance by providing precise real-time analysis of each individual cylinder of an engine from the dynamic torque signature. In this week’s spotlight, we find out more. The new solution is known as Datum...

Wärtsilä optimises engine maintenance with data-driven planning solution
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Wärtsilä optimises engine maintenance with data-driven planning solution

Wärtsilä has launched its Data-Driven Dynamic Maintenance Planning (Data-Driven DMP) solution to boost the company’s existing Dynamic Maintenance Planning solution by utilising digitalisation and analytics. According to Wärtsilä, the solution is an integral part of the company’s Life-cycle Solutions value proposition, and adds further customer benefits and value not possible with conventional DMP solutions. Data-Driven DMP...

ABB adds continuous evaluation function to engine performance software
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ABB adds continuous evaluation function to engine performance software

ABB Turbocharging has introduced a new digital offering to enhance the insights delivered by its engine performance diagnostics software, ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT. The new ‘continuous evaluation’ function allows the software to use engine data gathered by edge computing services, adding a new dimension to Tekomar XPERT’s monitoring, reporting and advisory capabilities. “Continuous evaluation allows...