Swiber becomes first Asia operator to save costs with enginei fuel management system

by Hans | April 14th, 2012

The Swiber Group company, Newcruz Offshore Marine Services, has become the first in the Asian market to take advantage of the cost benefits of the enginei fuel management system from Royston Limited. The system was sold by Royston’s Singapore agent, Can Traders, and was installed aboard Swiber’s new offshore support vessel, the Swiber Carina.

It is being used to providereal time fuel consumption details on board and simultaneously in the headoffice. In separate trials an engine system has enabled users toachieve fuel savings of up to 20 per cent and Swiber management is now hoping that similar savings will prove possible with its new support vessel.

The Swiber Carina was launched last year as the first in a building plan for11-vessels that will provide oilfield support services around the MalaysianPeninsula. It is powered by two Cummins KT38 engines and the company managementis hoping that the enginei system will enable its crew to operate morethem fuel efficiently by maintaining a closer control of speed and power. It should also help the operations management deploy the ship in a way that avoidsimposing instructions that adversely influence fuel demand.

The Royston enginei system can be applied to any diesel-powered vessel andworks by accurately measuring fuel flow and matching the data with its GPS location. This makes it possible for the operator to continuously calculate avessel’s “miles per gallon” and to correlate the informationwith its activity and speed. Enginei is basically a measurement systemthat does not impose itself upon the vessel’s control systems in any way. However, by providing a simple bridge display it enables masters to be continuously aware of their fuel consumption. They are then able and to use their own judgment in setting their priorities and achieve an optimum balancebetween their speed and fuel consumed.

The benefits of the enginei system are also available to operations managersashore who are provided with a more sophisticated display that makes it easierto deploy vessels in a timely and cost effective way. The data being used onthe vessel, along with its GPS location, is relayed ashore where a satellitemap display provides the ship’s superintendent with a real-timepresentation of each vessel’s location and fuel consumption. Superintendents benefit from a graphic overlay that shows the amount of fuel being consumed at any point along its track. This enables them to deploy theirvessels more efficiently and to avoid issuing instructions that might lead tounnecessary fuel consumption. It is also expected to prove attractive to othership operators in the region where fuel theft can be a problem.

Royston Ltd is based in New Castle-Upon-Tyne, UK, and Perth, Australia and is well knownas a provider of engine maintenance services for any make of diesel engine usedin the marine and offshore industries.

Formore information visit; www.enginei.co.uk.

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