Bulk carrier owners are implementing digital services to monitor the environmental impact of their ships and enhance safety and emergency preparation on vessels
Diana Shipping Services has taken a pioneering step into digitalisation in co-operation with classification society ABS.
The Greece-headquartered bulk carrier group will implement ABS Environmental Monitor digital sustainability solution across 31 vessels under its management.
ABS Environmental Monitor is a cloud-based application leveraging vessel waste stream and emissions data to provide transparent reporting to support more sustainable vessel operations.
Diana Shipping chief executive Semiramis Paliou said implementing this service would help it reach its sustainability goals. “As a prudent fleet owner and a participant in the global shipping industry, Diana Shipping is committed to the proper stewardship of our environment,” she said. “We are pleased to have the co-operation and resources of ABS as we pursue the goal of achieving a more sustainable future.”
ABS Environmental Monitor will track overall fleet or vessel-specific environmental performance information, such as emissions, waste and consumables data.
It monitors data across laden and ballast voyages, providing total emissions, carbon intensity, emissions per transport, emissions per distance, and total emissions per consumer information. Its calculations are in accordance with the Environmental Ship Index and Poseidon Principles.
ABS’ software will track key performance indicators on garbage, waste and consumables metrics, such as disposal methods and categories, water production efficiency, and consumption efficiency by voyage, among others. It will also monitor scrubber system performance based on exhaust gas cleaning systems reporting.
Diana Shipping’s fleet of 37 dry bulk vessels consists of 4 Newcastlemax, 12 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 11 Panamax ships.
Rival bulker owner Orion Reederei is testing an intelligent data recording and analysis tool by Kaiko Systems on three of its vessels. This initial trial will assess the value, including any reduction in time spent on surveys and reporting, and higher confidence in processes and outcomes.
Kaiko said its systems prevent merchant ship incidents and reduce downtime through advanced data analysis and intelligent decision support. The first step of this trial is conducting all safety-related inspections including regular assessments of all fire-fighting and life-saving equipment for potential defects.
Kaiko uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify potential incidents before they occur. Data is collected using a smartphone app featuring smart checklists and automatic reminders, providing managers with alerts if there are any issues.
Following a three-month trial, this digitalisation solution could be rolled out across the rest of the bulk carrier fleet.
“Our greatest responsibility is to guarantee safety aboard all our vessels,” said Orion Reederei project manager Julius Reith. “That is why we are always looking at new solutions to help optimise our processes,” he said.
“Kaiko Systems offers a product that allows the crew to collect reliable data on the condition of our fire protection and safety equipment. We can see immediately when something needs to be repaired or replaced,” he continued “Not only does it cut the time and cost of essential analyses, inspections, and reporting, but it reduces the number of faults and incidents.”
Fleet optimisation and emissions reduction technologies will be discussed during Riviera’s series of virtual conferences and webinars during 2021 - use this link to access more details and register for these events