ScanReach’s latest tool means realtime fuel data now available

ScanReach has developed what it claims is the world´s first wireless IoT platform that provides needed onboard wireless connectivity (OWC) onboard ships.

Reports show typical savings around 5%, and in some cases up to 10% fuel savings could be achieved simply by giving the bridge team real-time fuel consumption data, said Jacob Grieg Eide, Chief Business Officer of ScanReach. The Norwegian company has developed what it claims is the world´s first wireless IoT platform that provides needed onboard wireless connectivity (OWC) onboard ships. 

Its latest application for the technology, called ConnectFuel, has already successfully been fitted on ships where it links flow meters that clamp onto the fuel lines to displays on the bridge and onshore providing instant visual indication of fuel consumption as well as for a selected period. 

“A vessel’s fuel cost can account for up to 70% of its total operating cost. Feedback from the industry shows a strong belief that lack of instant fuel consumption awareness could lead to overconsumption of fuel,” Eide said. 

Until now, this has been technologically difficult or impossible to provide. It has been extremely expensive and complicated because of the cabling needed to transfer data around a ship. But, by using ScanReach’s onboard steel penetrating mesh of wireless nodes the cost comes down sharply, and the return on investment can be 10 times better than for conventional alternatives. ConnectFuel is also quick to fit, with installation taking as little as one or two hours. and can be installed by the crew themselve. 

Developing ConnectFuel was prompted by a growing demand for instant fuel data, not only to monitor consumption itself but also to provide data for regulatory purposes, such as IMO’s Fuel Oil Data Collection System and the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification requirements. It will also provide valuable guidance for meeting IMO’s 2030 target of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, which will require an annual reduction in emissions – and thus fuel consumption – of about 6%. 

Data collected by ConnectFuel is also transferred ashore by satellite and stored in the Cloud, where shore staff can view real-time consumption rates and extract and analyse the information gathered. If more specific data is needed – such as splitting main engine and auxiliary consumption, or information from individual engines – ConnectFuel can provide that if flow meters are fitted at appropriate locations in the fuel lines.  

The maritime innovation consultancy, Thetius is working with ScanReach as a strategic advisor. Its managing director Nick Chubb said that the market for fuel consumption data is rapidly growing but that no other system can provide it as quickly, easily, and cheaply as ConnectFuel. Together with other potential applications of its mesh, “the impact of ScanReach’s technology could be huge,” he said. 

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