Smart water quality monitoring technology developers Rivertrace Limited have integrated electronic Oil Record Book (e-ORB), a software application developed by maritime technology and risk prevention firm, Prevention at Sea, into monitoring equipment for the company’s Smartsafe ORB bilge overboard security system
By bringing together its monitoring system and the e-ORB software through an API created by digital technology provider Intellore, the data collected by the Smartsafe ORB system can be automatically entered into the e-ORB, removing the need for manual entries.
Rivertrace said the replacement system for traditional manual recording prevents the input of vague entries and incorrect ORB format and code mismatches and supports automatic and secured transmission of records between the fleet and their operator offices by using existing communication systems on board.
Rivertrace said the new system promotes transparency, credibility, and traceability in accordance with MARPOL and IMO requirements. The company’s operations director Martin Saunders said “Digital technology is changing the landscape of our industry and through this strategic technology integration, we are supporting our customers in their quest for simplified, continuous monitoring and efficient operations”.
Prevention at Sea’s e-ORB system was the first electronic ORB to be approved by a major flag state (Liberian Registry) and has been certified by three International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) members.
Rivertrace had originally developed the Smartsafe ORB as a complete interlocked system that enables the electronic recording of discharges, to prevent the use of “magic pipe” illegal discharges and to minimise discrepancies in ship oil record books. In its simplest form, the Smartsafe ORB utilises GPS and records each event of the bilge water discharge process.
The company said that recent updates to systems have made it smaller and lighter and simplified installation requirements. The system now features a camera that is integrated into the separator interface to capture tampering for increased security.
The Smartsafe e-ORB has been developed under Senseas, a new joint venture in which both companies work together to develop sensor technology with maritime software to provide the industry with improved data collection tools.
Prevention at Sea CEO Petros Achtypis said the joint project is a reflection of the companies’ commitment to innovation and environment protection.
“This sharing of expertise between our two companies will allow users of the system to achieve greater efficiencies in record keeping and prevent discrepancies in the ship’s ORB.”
Rivertrace is also running a discount on its Smart WiO (water in oil) sensor. The device aids general equipment maintenance, measuring the absolute water content in the oil, independent of the oil type and age.
The WiO has two alarm points: a pre-alarm at 50% humidity, and main alarm at 90% humidity. At more than 100% humidity, free water is present. The sensor can also be used with land-based applications.