Hanson Marine’s new aggregate dredger, Hanson Thames, will feature Royston Diesel Power’s electronic fuel management system (EFMS) Enginei
Enginei will be installed as part of a comprehensive suite of advanced digital technologies, designed to offer long-term operational safety.
Enginei uses Coriolis flow meters and sensors to accurately monitor the fuel being consumed by each vessel engine, which is tracked against GPS data, voyage details and operational mode. The data is collected, processed, and relayed to bridge and engine room mounted touchscreen monitors to enable the ship’s master to adjust vessel speed and take actions needed to reduce fuel consumption and therefore emissions.
The monitoring system will see the new dredger’s crew and operator furnished with detailed real-time engine performance and other mission critical information and is expected to contribute to reducing fuel and maintenance costs.
Installation work will be carried out by Damen ahead of system commissioning by Royston in 2021.
Commenting on the importance optimised fuel use and emission reduction has for operators, Rosyton’s product manager Damian McCann said “Vessel operators like Hanson want to achieve measurable operational improvements and cost savings for their new vessels. During sea-trials we will commission with our Eco Speed software which will enable the ship’s crew to identify and maintain optimum vessel speeds for efficient fuel usage across different operational modes. We believe that during transit to load and discharge sites; big reductions can be made through Eco Speed.”
Hanson Thames is currently under construction at Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania, and will join the company’s existing fleet in the first quarter of 2021 where it will extract aggregates offshore up to depths of 55m.
Hanson, one of Europe’s largest producers of marine-dredged sand and gravel, has opted for a cutting-edge design to provide an increased payload and efficiency, allowing it to carry up to 7,000 tonnes of marine aggregates per trip, as well as providing improved fuel consumption, reduced emissions and maintenance savings.