Neptune Lines begins digital powertrain condition analysis trial

Neptune Lines has begun shipboard trials of a new digital service for marine powertrain condition analysis, through a collaborative project involving METIS Cyberspace Technology and Geislinger that will connect the equipment to an IoT platform for analysis.

The trials will link Geislinger’s GMS Mk6 continuous monitoring and measuring system for rotating components within the marine propulsion powertrain with METIS’ software for data analytics, to correlate the condition of the ship’s propulsion system with navigational and operational conditions.

METIS secured a fleet-wide contract from Neptune Lines to implement its data acquisition and analytics platform in late 2020, including functionality such as emissions indicator monitoring, antifouling coatings performance and generator operations in port.

“We have made a commitment to data analytics to enhance efficiency as part of our service to the logistics industry,” said Nikos Paterakis, Chief Operating Officer, Neptune Lines.

“This pilot will offer insight into a key parameter in performance whose significance can be underestimated.”

The new digital infrastructure will provide information to the crew and to the technical department about the condition of the main engine vibration damper and highlight any abnormalities likely to cause torsional vibrations on the main engine and propulsion shaft.

A second vessel trial has already been confirmed for a very large crude carrier. On completion of the proof of concept, the companies also intend to investigate using AI and machine learning models to improve vessel predictive maintenance.

“For METIS, this is a significant evolution of shipping’s most advanced end-to-end digitalisation platform, which integrates and displays the very best third-party digital services in a one stop shop for vessel performance analytics,” said Mike Konstantinidis, CEO, METIS Cybertechnology.

“Sharing specific data benefits decision making by adding value to analytics and bringing new insights into overall performance.”

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