Each module will use the same ship-specific performance model which includes relevant information about optimisation of the vessel and furthermore analyses its performance. The modules interact with each other. One example of this is a situation in which the SeaTrend analysis detects increased fuel consumption which will affect the voyage optimisation results in SeaPlanner. The integrated solution is supplemented by the data logging solution SeaLogger.
Usability has had the highest priority in the development of SeaSuite. In cooperation with FORCE Technology’s Department for Applied Psychology, the new initiatives to make the systems easy and intuitive have been tested, and the modules are also thoroughly tested with the shipping companies. The development is finalised through the results of usability tests and user feedback.
SeaTrim provides the ship masters and the cargo planners with highly valuable information of the optimum trim of the vessel. Based on numerous tests of different vessel types, trim optimisation has proven to be a valuable and highly cost-effective means to reduce the propulsive power of seagoing ships.
Based on our experience with dynamic trim and trim optimisation of different vessel types, significant savings may be achieved for especially containerships, reefer ships and RoRo vessels. But also for tankers and bulkers, savings may be achieved by trimming the vessel with the optimum trim angle.
The SeaTrim application is based on model tests of the subject vessel for different combinations of draught, speed and trim angle, and based on input of minimum draught and expected speed of the vessel, the SeaTrim tool then provides the Master of the vessel or the cargo planner with the required information for optimum loading or ballasting of the vessel.
Based on our large experience with trim optimisation tests, we are able to evaluate and advise on the expected savings of different vessels. It would therefore be an advantage to shipowners or operators to consult our specialists to discuss the potential for bunker savings by using SeaTrim on board their vessels.
The ship performance monitoring tool SeaTrend provides the shipowner, technical manager or the ship operator with a tool to optimise voyage planning and ship efficiency.
The performance monitoring and assessment covers both the technical performance of the ship and the performance related to efficient voyage planning and execution.
Ship efficiency and performance monitoring
It is well known that the performance of a ship will deteriorate over time due to erosion and fouling of the hull and propeller. SeaTrend provides the technical manager with exact data on current performance which enables the technical manager to plan the optimal dry docking and hull and propeller cleaning intervals.
Voyage monitoring and voyage efficiency are important aspects for the ship operator. SeaTrend helps the operator to determine whether the ship performs as expected in terms of both speed and fuel consumption. Further, it provides the operator with voyage statistics which enable the operator to monitor and assess the voyage performance.
The voyage planning tool SeaPlanner provides the captain or navigator with high-quality and updated weather forecasts in order for the captain to plan a route with minimum fuel consumption and at the same time avoid unacceptable weather conditions and ship motions.
SeaPlanner - voyage planning offers:
- Voyage planning and route optimisation
- Guidance on optimum speed along the route
- Selection of propulsion plant operation (number of engines in operation, WHR etc.)
- Safe weather routing
- Access to user-defined route library
SeaEngine is a module which, by means of an integrated solution, aims at making SeaSuite more easily comprehensible by also including detailed engine performance evaluation. The usability in SeaEngine includes direct user guidance when the built-in intelligence notes that values above acceptable limits are fed into system. This guidance will start the troubleshooting from typing errors to possible engine failure checks in order to find the cause of the problem. The training in the use of the system is embedded in the system and includes theoretical and practical advice to the vessel’s engineers.
SeaLogger is a plug and play data collection box. The box works wirelessly, and the only thing the users need to do is to power it up. The box collects by default the main performance parameters such as the vessel’s speed, course, heading, draft, trim and list. Additionally, the box has a pre-configured terminal for adding for example shaft power signal. It fully complies with our goal of a high level of usability, and it is cost effective and lucrative for example for chartered vessels that often have limitations with regard to additional hardware installations. The SeaLogger box can easily be sent to the next vessel when the charter ends.