Shanghai Ming Wah Shipping Co is to increase the number of its vessels using engine diagnostics software to twelve, with the entire fleet set to use the ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT system to manage fuel consumption and maintenance for the vessels’ engines.
The fleetwide deployment follows a trial on two ships that began in February 2019, and an initial order covering four vessels in June 2019. The order for the remaining eight vessels was received in July of this year.
Shang Ming Wah reports that it was able to save 0.62 tons of fuel per day on each of the initial four ships after installation. The lower fuel also creates a knock-on improvement in environmental performance, with fleetwide CO2 emissions anticipated to reduce by 5,800 tons per year.
“With changing market conditions, Shanghai Ming Wah is embracing digital technologies while improving management efficiency, which will enable us to retain our full strength and market competitiveness,” said Chen Qiuhua, General Manager, Shanghai Ming Wah Ship Management Center.
“ABB is our trusted partner and the Tekomar XPERT digital solution helps our fleet optimise operations while creating a better experience for our customers.”
Tekomar XPERT analyses turbocharger and engine performance to provide pre-emptive warnings and recommendations which can prevent engine failures. In one example, Shanghai Ming Wah notes that the software was able to detect high cylinder pressure in one engine and prompt corrective action before a significant problem arose.
“In an increasingly digital world, we continue to seek technological innovations to provide customers with more advanced solutions such as Tekomar XPERT. ABB Turbocharging and Shanghai Ming Wah have established a good foundation through many years of cooperation, and this agreement has further strengthened our collaboration,” said Xu Gang, Head of Services for ABB Turbocharging in China.