Boluda Towage Europe has deployed C-Sense’s Eco-Pilot fuel consumption monitoring system on Union Koala, which is operating in Zeebrugge, Belgium
This was fitted by Boluda in late 2020 when the tug was upgraded with equipment for compliance with IMO Tier III emissions requirements. Union Koala became one of the first tugs in Europe to be fitted with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) unit to remove NOx from engine exhaust.
A network of sensors precisely measures the flow of fuel to the engine, delivering the data to the bridge fuel monitor. Eco-Pilot stores an extensive suite of data detailing fuel consumption alongside engine revolutions and other parameters. Its installation included an automatic fail-safe in which, in the event of a flow meter failure, the fuel supply to the engine remains uninterrupted.
Eco-Pilot delivers real-time data that provides the bridge team with information to manage operations as efficiently as possible. Functions can identify vessel handling characteristics and situations that result in higher fuel costs.
C-Sense said management can use this knowledge to develop new skill sets around the economic operation of tugs, getting an overview of fuel usage across a fleet of vessels using data recorded and delivered direct to their office. C-Sense said companies can develop an extended fuel consumption policy, leading to significant long-term savings.
Boluda Towage Europe chief executive Geert Vandecappelle explained the benefits and challenges of these investments during Riviera Maritime Media’s How tug operators are preparing for a new era in green marine propulsion webinar. During this event, he said tug Union Panda was also upgraded to IMO Tier III by installing SCRs this year.
Anglo Belgian Corp worked with Boluda and Flanders Ship Repair to upgrade propulsion on Union Koala, which had enough available engineroom space for the SCR installation.
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