Sailing efficiently with onboard systems
With more than 50 years of experience with hydro- and aerodynamic testing, we have a unique knowledge regarding the forces and physics surrounding ships.
Suppliers of onboard systems come and go, but what gives the onboard systems from FORCE Technology an edge is the mathematical ship models within the systems which are based on more than 50 years of practical experience within Hydro- & Aerodynamics.
A couple of years ago, FORCE Technology developed SeaSuite which is a range of products that use real-time data to monitor the ship’s performance in order to maximize fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emission.
SeaSuite consists of the voyage planner SeaPlanner, the performance monitoring system SeaTrend and the trim optimisation system SeaTrim. FORCE technology has developed an advanced propulsion model which is used in our SeaPlanner and SeaTrend. The model is highly comprehensive and covers all major aspects of resistance and propulsion of a vessel in a seaway, allowing high-quality predictions of fuel consumption and emissions. Today, more than 300 ships are sailing with or have ordered one or more of the ship performance systems.
SeaPlanner - weather forecasting and route planningThe Danish Meteorological Institute offers services within weather forecasting and route planning. The Danish Meteorological Institute is also our partner and provider of weather data for SeaPlanner. In the past, The Danish Meteorological Institute had their own system for forecasting and planning services, but in 2011, as a part of our partnership, they purchased SeaPlanner to be used as their internal system for their route planning services to seafarers.
SeaTrend - monitoring performance worldwideThe performance of a ship will deteriorate over time due to erosion and fouling of the hull and propeller. The Brazilian shipping company Rio Tinto Marine has invested in the performance monitoring system SeaTrend and installed it on 3 ships. The data from SeaTrend is accessed from a website and is used by their superintendents to plan the optimal dry docking and hull and propeller cleaning intervals. Moreover, SeaTrend provides the land-based crew with information about voyage statistics such as fuel consumption, emissions and average speed for each voyage.
SeaLogger – a new product based on existing knowledgeThe Danish passenger and freight line, DFDS, has over a period installed the newly developed SeaLogger on board DFDS Crown of Scandinavia and DFDS Pearl Seaways. SeaLogger has performed propulsive performance monitoring for sailing periods before and after installation of new propellers to document the performance of the new propellers. This is done through logging the shaft torque, RPM, pitch and GPS (speed and course). The logged data and weather data for the two periods was later post-processed by means of our SeaTrend performance monitoring software to establish the propulsion analysis.
The propulsion analysis showed that the new propeller design, optimised for the operational profile of the vessels, produced significant fuel savings. As the DFDS fleet is using the FORCE Technology voyage planner SeaPlanner, the propulsion model has now been updated with the new propulsion data.