Port of London Authority (PLA) will invest in remote monitoring technology to improve reliability of vessels operating in the UK’s second-largest port
Port of London Authority has signed a new deal with Reygar for the expansion of deploying an engineroom systems monitoring and fleet management package to cover its feet of workboats.
PLA will deploy Reygar’s advanced remote monitoring system, BareFleet, on another 14 vessels after having tested the systems via 10 workboat installations in 2019.
BareFleet will be deployed on multicat, crewboat, and survey vessels operating along the River Thames regulated by the port authority.
This is part of PLA’s preventative maintenance strategy for its assets. BareFleet enables PLA to monitor engine health and performance.
It provides the PLA’s operations team with insight into fuel consumption, engine efficiency, and CO2 emissions across their varied fleet of workboats.
PLA marine engineering manager Andy Osborne said having a high level of fleet serviceability and operational efficiency is a key priority for the PLA.
Investment in BareFleet enables PLA to take a best practice and data-based approach to operating its workboats.
“Advanced monitoring of vessel activities is central to our work to continuously improve the performance and efficiency of our vessels,” said Mr Osborne.
“BareFleet allows us to pinpoint where and why any issues such as excess fuel burn are occurring,” he continued.
“Acting on these insights not only reduces fuel costs, but, reduces energy use across our operations. This enables us to operate efficiently and minimise fuel use.”
Reygar engineering director Chris Huxley-Reynard expects this comprehensive adoption of BareFleet will “further streamline the PLA’s preventative and planned maintenance strategy, ensuring maximum availability for its versatile fleet of vessels whilst reducing unnecessary expenditure”.
He thinks data will be vital to PLA’s future operations. “By pulling all critical data streams from the vessel into a single portal, the PLA’s operations team will have the oversight and flexibility to make further improvements to how downtime is managed,” said Mr Huxley-Reynard.
“It will advise on how vessels can be more efficiently piloted to reduce unnecessary fuel burn and emissions.”
BareFleet is deployed on fleets of tugs, workboats and offshore windfarm support vessels, particularly in Europe and North America.
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