Kongsberg Digital has announced the launch of its Vessel Performance Merchant to meet the merchant fleet’s need for optimised voyage decision-making.
The application is tailored and designed for the merchant fleet to enhance fuel efficiency and optimise the overall performance of both the vessel and its crew.
By harnessing data from onboard sensors and automation systems through the vessel-to-cloud infrastructure Vessel Insight, the Vessel Performance application has been a wellspring of valuable insights and analytics for shipowners and crew members since its inception in 2020.
As offshore vessels operate on shorter, dynamic voyages and often need to be at a standstill in a single position over time – also known as dynamic positioning – merchant vessels undertake long and stable voyages.
Also, a key difference between offshore and merchant segments is the planning phase of the voyage; where offshore operations objectives can change within a very short period of time, merchant voyages are often planned several weeks ahead.
Kongsberg Digital said it is launching this application to address the differences in operations and underlying decision-making for the two segments. This application is made to fit the merchant segment operational profile for long, global-spanning merchant voyages in the maritime merchant segment.
The application will provide merchant vessel’s operators with dashboards that will enable an intuitive understanding of the vessel’s situation and current overview, while giving decision support to reduce fuel consumption.
Using a user-defined system to create alarms and rules to detect and help crew make better decisions at the moment they can make the most impact, Vessel Performance can help shape how people work, according to Kongsberg Digital.
Through this, Vessel Performance Merchant enables crew members and onshore management to make well-informed decisions regarding energy drivers, conduct voyage comparisons, and optimise fuel consumption.
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