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Eniram targets tankers and bulkers with performance monitoring tool

Eniram targets tankers and bulkers with performance monitoring tool
Wärtsilä-owned Eniram launched Skylight in London’s Baltic Exchange on Monday. The new performance monitoring tool is designed to raise tanker and bulk carrier efficiency at a cost of just EUR460 a month, inclusive of hard- and software and performance reports for customers.

Eniram is focusing on the operators of ships with two-stroke, single engine direct-drive machinery.

Revealing the new real-time monitoring system, Eniram commercial shipping vp Jan Wilhelmsson demonstrated a stand-alone transponder which the company will own but which will be attached to ships’ railings and supplement traditional noon-report data. The transponder requires no additional integration with, or input from, shipboard systems.

Skylight is a targeted solution for vessels subject to the stalemate of charterer-owner-manager investment, Wilhelmsson declared. ‘This business model is totally hampering innovation,’ he said. “This is why 80% of vessels aren’t connected – and they should be.”

Comprising battery, a single mobile sensor and an Inmarsat L-band transponder, Skylight transmits speed, fuel flow and bunkers on board at five-minute intervals. The data is then analysed and combined with meteorological information – prevailing weather, currents, tides – and normalised at Eniram’s shoreside data centre before being sent to clients.

‘80% of the industry is still basing its performance on a noon report,’ said Wilhelmsson. “As soon as it becomes a manual process, you introduce a load of errors and you can’t do it every five minutes. We can collect whatever noon report data you need. This is version 1.0 and it is fully scaleable. Greater functionality will be introduced soon.”