Shipowners can benchmark their vessels and fleet using applications in software ecosystems
The latest application was launched this week by Kongsberg Digital on its Kognifai Maritime Marketplace. This benchmarking tool is available to users of Kongsberg’s Vessel Insight service to provide insight on vessel performance.
Vessel Insight Benchmark provides dashboards allowing managers and executives to access key metrics for their vessels and compare them against vessels in the same segment.
Kongsberg senior vice president for maritime digital solutions Vigleik Takle said this will provide perspectives and trigger discussions on improving vessel operations. “Benchmarking is a proven approach, using a set of metrics to get a comparative view across companies and highlight improvement areas,” Mr Takle said.
“Through key metric comparisons, Vessel Insight Benchmark users gain insight into their vessel’s performance compared to that of others, allowing them to optimise speed, voyage and vessel energy efficiency, among other things,” he added.
There is no need to install new equipment on vessels to use Kongsberg’s benchmarking tool, which supports both connected and non-connected vessels.
This service uses data from MarineBenchmark’s maritime statistics platform, which combines data from terrestrial and satellite automatic identification system (AIS), global ship registers and vessel statistics. It also provides two years of historical data for similar vessels and segments. The dashboards display fuel consumption and vessel speed.
Knowing exactly how your fleet is performing is a prerequisite for improvement,” says Mr Takle.
Also in the last week, Kongsberg has announced installations and contracts for simulators to two training establishments, including one involving a new type of simulator.
The latest of these announcements concerned delivery of its first K-Sim fast craft simulator to the Singapore Police Coast Guard (SPCG) Training Centre in Singapore.
This simulates vessel operations at speeds of more than 50 knots and integrates with an advanced eye-tracking system in addition to weapons capabilities.
It uses an advanced physics engine and customisable hydrodynamic modelling, derived from, and validated against, recorded vessel performance data.
This duplicates the ways in which high-speed vessels behave in the real world when affected by factors such as wave movements or impacts with other crafts and floating objects, in a range of sea states and at different speeds.
It has a 270° horizontal field of view, low-radius, cylindrical visual projection system and large vertical field of view with extension panels for floor projection covering the hull sides.
Its integrated physical bridge layout can accommodate genuine control and display apparatus such as navigation systems, engine start/stop switches and communications equipment to heighten the sensation of working in a complex onboard operating environment.
This simulator can expose trainees to a comprehensive range of complex scenarios. It supports training on advanced boat handling, navigation and interception techniques, escalation of force and weapons engagement.
In another announcement, Kongsberg secured a contract to supply dynamic positioning (DP) simulators to the Romanian Center for Training and Development of Naval Transport Personnel (CERONAV) in Constanta, Romania.
It will supply K-Pos DP simulators including a class A unit for DP and vessel manoeuvring for advanced training and eight K-Pos DP class C desktop simulators for basic DP training, including instructor stations to manage the exercises.
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