Dry bulk cargo handling company Rocktree has announced the launch of a new Remote Operations and Technology Centre (ROTC) in Singapore, developed to create improved transparency across the firm’s transhipment operations, which includes a diversified fleet of over 40 assets comprising Offshore Floating Terminals (OFTs), multipurpose vessels, as well as tugs and barges.
The ROTC will automate the company’s data collection and monitoring processes in order to better understand the performance of its vessels. Operations will be continuously monitored and analysed to highlight areas where efficiency gains can be delivered, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption and associated emissions and costs.
Rocktree also hopes to be able to leverage this greater understanding of its operations to increase the amount of cargo volume that is handled and improve loading performance for the benefit of its customers.
The ROTC will utilise Kongsberg’s Kognifai Maritime Ecosystem to facilitate the capture and aggregation of data from vessels, with German-Swiss multinational Liebherr providing its LiDAT (Liebherr Data Transmission and Positioning) System to enable the online collection of machine data and the supervision of cargo operations to report on machine usage and their condition.
Oil condition monitoring sensors from Leo Maritime will additionally be implemented at the ROTC, as well as a custom designed Real Time Fuel Monitoring Solution incorporating Coriolis fuel flow meters for each source of emission.
To support remote performance of vessel maintenance and survey tasks and to reduce physical travel requirements, Rocktree plans to use Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed augmented reality smart glasses, which employ multiple sensors and holographic processing to display information and simulate a virtual world of vessel machinery for shore-based staff.
“We fully understand the point of rapid transformation that the industry is under, and the demand to focus on increasing operational efficiencies to improve sustainability and the impact on the environment,” said Giovanni Colotto, Managing Director, Italy, Rocktree.
“Transparency and access to data is at the heart of developing this pathway to sustainability, creating a baseline of knowledge from which to operate where we can determine the current emissions output, in conjunction with actively monitoring and analysing the performance of our operations to generate insights and improve efficiencies.”
“The Rocktree ROTC delivers this and will enable us to meaningfully contribute to improving the sustainability of our operations, as well as our offering and services to our customers through the efficiency gains that we deliver.”