Prepare for the unexpected, monitor vessel and skipper behaviour to optimise performance and protect your vessel and crew

A new maritime remote sensing and engine diagnostic system, iRAMS (intelligent remote asset management system), protects commercial vessels, CTV, leisure and workboats including crew by remotely monitoring the engines and generators combined with spatial location data. Data is transmitted shore side via satellite or GSM to a web based, graphic user interface (GUI), in near real time, providing comprehensive diagnostic/efficiency reports and automated anomaly/exception alerts via SMS or e-mail.

The video below shows what can go wrong, putting at risk your crew and vessel. With iRAMS alerts, your shore side operators will get early warning when the unexpected happens..

Remote vehicle monitoring has been widely adopted within many industry sectors and the benefits clearly understood.  However, the new iRAMS solution has been developed specifically for the maritime market and can become an integral part of a vessels SEEMP strategy, reducing fuel consumption, emissions and meeting compliance regulations.  Remote vessel management offers reduced down time for unplanned engine maintenance, automation of DPR, reduced fuel consumption (by monitoring Skipper behaviour), and combines engine diagnostics and automated vessel efficiency reporting.

A recent example of cost saving was demonstrated when a Gardline shore side Operations Manager was reviewing his fleet’s fuel consumption report provided by iRAMS and noticed one particular vessel compared to the others in the fleet was consuming more fuel than expected.

By investigating the near real time data remotely using iRAMS, it was clear the vessel’s port engine boost was operating less efficiently in comparison to the starboard engine, indicating a “boost leak off” or a turbo fault.

As there was no engine fault alarm on the Gardline CTV Smeaton Array, the crew were unaware of the issue when the Operations Manager contacted them to recall the vessel.

The subsequent physical investigation showed the turbo inducer wheel tips had broken up on the port engine.  Had it failed completely, the outcome could have been an expensive engine repair or even engine replacement with all the substantial costs associated with an unplanned break down and client dissatisfaction.

Another reported example established how iRAMS assisted in optimising vessel efficiency by reducing fuel consumption.  An Operations Manager comparing different vessel fuel efficiencies within the fleet from an iRAMS report noticed an anomaly where one vessel was consuming more fuel than others on similar operations.  Data collected confirmed the vessel’s engines were operating within normal efficiency parameters.

By configuring the iRAMS GUI to send alerts through when the throttle position exceeded the operators guidelines for their Skippers, the Operations Manager was able to identify when the vessel’s throttle position exceeded 95% using unnecessary fuel consumption, and the times, frequency and dates of the occurrences.

By utilising the iRAMS alerting function, and the archived data reports, during the investigation, it revealed that the Skipper was consistently and unnecessarily transiting at maximum throttle. Remedial education was undertaken with the Skipper and resulted in a reduction of fuel usage for the vessel in question.

The reporting functionality of iRAMS has been developed to improve vessel efficiency allowing users to create automated reports that are e-mailed on a daily/weekly/monthly basis using either user defined parameters or pre-set comparison reports e.g. engine hour v fuel consumption.  Users can also configure a wide range of engine data and location alert parameters in the GUI to trigger early warning alerts for irregularities.