Neptune Lines is using digitalisation technology to monitor powertrain condition on a vehicle carrier
Neptune Lines is working with Metis Cyberspace Technology and Geislinger to monitor the performance and condition of the propulsion powertrain on a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessel as part of a trial of the technology that combines ship-system monitoring with internet of things (IoT) and cloud-based data analytics.
“We have made a commitment to data analytics to enhance efficiency as part of our service to the logistics industry,” said Neptune Lines chief operating officer Nikos Paterakis. “This pilot will offer insight into a key parameter in performance whose significance can be underestimated,” he said.
This trial combines Geislinger’s GMS Mk6 continuous monitoring and measuring system for rotating components of the entire marine propulsion powertrain with the Metis IoT platform for data analytics.
Metis said another trial of this technology will be implemented on a very large crude carrier (VLCC) operated by another shipping company later this year.
For Neptune Lines, Metis and Geislinger are combining knowledge from different domains to connect two cloud-based platforms at the data and service level.
This will provide information to the crew and to the technical department regarding the condition of the main engine vibration damper and any abnormalities likely to cause torsional vibrations on the main engine and propulsion shaft.
Metis chief executive Mike Konstantinidis said the company works with Geislinger on a combined product instead of creating a new common product.
“For us, this is a significant evolution of shipping’s advanced end-to-end digitalisation platform, which integrates and displays third-party digital services in a one-stop-shop for vessel performance analytics,” Mr Konstantinidis said.
“Sharing specific data benefits decision making by adding value to analytics and bringing new insights into overall performance,” he added.
For Geislinger product manager for digital services Adrian Geislinger, this trial integrates expertise from both companies. “Our marine clients are fully aware of the benefits of our damping technology being routinely verified by advanced monitoring solutions,” said Mr Geislinger. He added this is “a project integrating the latest developments in torsional vibration and vessel performance analytics.”
This trial is an addition to a service Metis already provides Neptune Lines.
In Q4 2020, Metis secured a fleetwide contract from Neptune Lines to implement its data acquisition and advanced analytics platform which was the first deployment of artificial intelligence for vessel performance management by a PCTC owner.
Neptune Lines specified additional functionality, including emissions indicator monitoring, antifouling coatings performance and generator operations in port.
Since 2017, Metis data acquisition and analytics has been implemented on more than 270 ships and is measuring 3.2Bn performance data points monthly.
A second vessel trial of the new Metis-Geislinger approach will be on a VLCC. On completion of the proof of concept, the two companies also intend to investigate using artificial intelligence and machine learning models to benefit predictive maintenance.