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SkySails for Ardmore

Irish fleet operator Ardmore Shipping is equipping its tankers with SkySails’ Performance Monitor, a software system designed to measure onboard fuel and operational efficiency.

Performance Monitor is a sensors-based computer system continuously collecting and analysing data about the ships’ conditions and the circumstances in which it is operating. Its German provider says that by providing real-time onboard and onshore data, it aims at delivering the necessary insights for improving a ship’s operational efficiency.

“A vessel’s fuel consumption heavily depends on a range of factors, including operating conditions such as waves, wind and load, which can change dynamically during sailing,” notes Stephan Wrage, CEO of SkySails.

“Whether the master and owners are looking for the most profitable speed, the most economical speed or the ETA speed for just-in-time arrival, our Performance Monitor collects the data and provides the real-time analysis that helps them to find the optimal operational settings, such as speed and trim.”

Based in Cork, Ardmore Shipping operates a fleet of seven product and chemical tankers, and expects to take delivery of three more by next January.

“Applying a new technology to improve fuel efficiency is one thing,” says Anthony Gurnee, CEO of Ardmore Shipping, “but there is also a lot to gain in terms of operational optimisation.”

“We believe that our seafarers and team ashore are the ones who drive operational excellence. With the SkySails Performance Monitor we now have the perfect tool in place to give them the critical data and decision support essential for their daily work.”

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