BY IAN CAMERON
Rolls-Royce and mobile satellite communications services company Inmarsat have signed a ship energy management agreement.
Through the arrangement, Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat will have the option to make the former’s energy management system available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband service.
With data collected from a multitude of ship control systems and equipment sensors, Energy Management 2.0 reduces energy consumption and supports environmental compliance as well as allowing for the benchmarking of efficiency against historical performance, according to Rolls-Royce.
“Monitoring ship fuel consumption and emissions is required by law in some areas and is also increasingly used in vessel selection criteria by charterers,” said Marco Camporeale, Rolls-Royce, vice president Intelligent Asset Management Solutions. “Our Energy Management software quantifies the effects of optimising operational efficiency on costs and the true impact of enhancements as they are phased in. Fleet Xpress always-on connectivity and the potential for application-triggered bandwidth mean that data can be logged in real time, optimising the verifiable reporting capability already built in to Rolls-Royce Energy Management System software.”
Vessels equipped with Rolls-Royce Energy Management software can operate within the Inmarsat Certified Application Provider program (CAPP), connected via Fleet Xpress and hosted on the Inmarsat Gateway platform and then be able to maximise their efficiency in a way that is constantly verifiable and compliant with European Union (EU) Monitoring Reporting and Verification and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan.
Fleet Xpress combines Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, a high-speed, mobile and globally available broadband service with its L band network by means of the Inmarsat Gateway. The Inmarsat Gateway, with its Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) provides application-triggered bandwidth, a managed-cyber security solution and flexible third-party subscriptions onboard Fleet Xpress vessels.