Norwegian maritime tech company ScanReach has launched a new product called ConnectFuel, leveraging the firm’s wireless shipboard IoT platform to support the collection and analysis of vessel fuel consumption data.
Initial installations on ships have linked the technology with flow meters that clamp on to fuel lines, displaying the data collected on the bridge and on shore so that fuel consumption can be assessed by company staff.
The system employs ScanReach’s onboard steel penetrating mesh of wireless nodes, removing the need for cabling to transfer the data around the ship and allowing installation to be performed in a few hours by the vessel crew.
Data collected by ConnectFuel is transferred ashore by satellite and stored in the Cloud, where real-time consumption rates can be viewed and analysed. More specific data can be provided if flow meters are fitted at appropriate locations in the fuel lines, such as the split between main engine and auxiliary consumption, or information from individual engines, the company says.
The next installation of the system will be on board the Arctic trawler Olympic Prawn, delivered to Olympic Seafood by Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard in December 2020. Like other Olympic-owned vessels, the newbuilding already has a mesh network in place for keeping track of personnel on board (POB) using ScanReach’s ConnectPOB system and was already fitted with flow meters, which now communicate via the same mesh to a bridge display.
In related news, ScanReach has also announced a new presence in Asia-Pacific with the opening of a first regional office in Singapore. The new office will be headed up by Ronny Waage as Regional Manager & VP Sales APAC, who has been based in Singapore for the past six years, most recently in the role of Director of maritime consultancy Heron Advisory.
“I’m really excited to join the ScanReach team and look forward to presenting ScanReach’s unique technology and offering to this region,” Mr Waage said.