Sensor solutions on ships to benefit marine equipment manufacturers

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) will be contributing to a pilot project in 2017 on development and testing of an Internet of Things (IoT) system using sensors to collect real-time data regarding components on board ships. The project will be supported by the Danish Maritime Fund.

Data will be continuously transmitted to organizations on the shore which would allow authorities, ship-owners and manufacturers of marine equipment to use the information in real-time.

The pilot project is being implemented by Aalborg-based GateHouse, and will be receiving contributions from various companies in addition to the Danish Maritime Authority. These companies include ship-owners such as Uni-Tankers, Logimatic and two major Danish equipment manufacturers.

The solution consists of sensors to measure the general condition of a ship’s equipment and record emissions from the ship. The information generated from these sensors is collected and continuously transmitted to the shore (in real-time). The data is used by stakeholders for various purposes such as optimization of machinery and fuel consumption, increased efficiency of maintenance and monitoring of ship emissions.

This ‘Condition Based Maintenance’ for the marine equipment industry will improve the services offered to ship-owners and ensure optimum operation and utilization of on-board systems. This is particularly appealing to authorities to monitor, for instance, a ship’s sulphur or NOx emissions continuously to ensure the emissions comply with the regulatory limits.

According to DMA Deputy Director General Troels Blicher Danielsen, ships in the near future would be online continuously, which would provide innovative companies such as Blue Denmark a great business opportunity. He added that DMA wanted to contribute to this opportunity by taking part in the pilot project.

“If we can simultaneously demonstrate that the technology makes it easier to continuously monitor ships’ emissions of, for example, sulphur, then it could be a big step towards more effective enforcement,” he said.

The Danish Maritime Authority has been working on Big Data to and from ships for the past couple of years under the ambitious EU-funded project EfficienSea2, and will be coupling the experience gained from the pilot project with elements of the EfficienSea2 project.

More information can be found at: Danish Maritime Authority.

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