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Rolls-Royce energy management software to connect to Fleet Xpress

Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime, with Mikael Makinen, president marine of Rolls-Royce Ronald Spithout, president of Inmarsat Maritime, with Mikael Makinen, president marine of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) providing an option to make the Rolls-Royce Energy Management system available via Inmarsat Maritime’s Fleet Xpress network.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Rolls-Royce application collects data from the ship’s control system and a range of sensors on the vessel, logged at pre-set intervals and processed in real time. Data sources include the engines, propulsion system, automation system, deck machinery and other equipment.

Selected information is displayed graphically, to be used to support decision-making in optimising energy usage and fuel consumption, and also allows for the presentation of required data in compliance with EU Monitoring Reporting and Verification regulations and the IMO Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan.

“Monitoring ship fuel consumption and emissions is required by law in some areas and is also increasingly used in vessel selection criteria by charterers,” said Marco Camporeale, Rolls-Royce, vice president intelligent asset management solutions.

“Our Energy Management software quantifies the effects of optimising operational efficiency on costs and the true impact of enhancements as they are phased in. Fleet Xpress always-on connectivity and the potential for application-triggered bandwidth mean that data can be logged in real time, optimising the verifiable reporting capability already built into Rolls-Royce Energy Management System software.”

Following this new agreement between the two companies, vessels equipped with the Rolls-Royce software will be able operate within the Inmarsat Certified Application Provider (CAP) programme, connected via Fleet Xpress and hosted on the Inmarsat Gateway platform.

The Inmarsat Gateway offers Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to allow selected developers to create application-triggered requests for bandwidth via the satellite system. Application-triggered bandwidth usage offers a choice to dedicate part of a vessel’s bandwidth allocation to specific processes, or for the app itself to trigger bandwidth ‘dynamically’ by the hour.

“(The CAP programme) allows third parties to work with Inmarsat to develop content-rich applications to populate the digital maritime world enabled by Fleet Xpress. The combined Rolls-Royce and Inmarsat technological capabilities will deliver proven energy management software to shipowners with always-on connectivity,” said Stein Orø, vice president sales, Inmarsat Maritime.

“In the case of Rolls-Royce, the LOI envisages remote monitoring to document environmental compliance, but new digital services can also be delivered to the maritime industry that create efficiencies for users and new revenue streams for vendors. Application-triggered bandwidth pricing means this can be completely transparent.”{/mprestriction}

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