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Scottish ferries install fuel monitoring system

Royston Limited reports that it has won a contract to fit its Enginei fuel monitoring system on ten vessels for Scottish islands ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) in the UK, as part of a ‘Project Ecoship’ policy to improve fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The deal is linked to CalMac’s aim to save fuel and reduce emissions in ships over 2,500 GRT by installing specialist fuel monitoring instrumentation to determine the most efficient operating parameters for individual vessels.

The recently upgraded Enginei system provides voyage and vessel data analysis and reporting options, using Coriolis flowmeters and sensors to monitor the fuel being consumed by each of a vessel’s engines, which is tracked against GPS data, voyage details and operational mode.

The real time data is collected, processed and relayed to bridge and engine room-mounted touchscreen monitors to enable the ship’s master to adjust vessel speed and take whatever other actions are needed to reduce fuel consumption. In addition, remote data access is provided for onshore teams through an online portal.

The installation of the Enginei systems on the selected CalMac ferries began this summer. Eight of the 10 vessels concerned have had the system installed and the remaining two will be completed during the routine annual maintenance period, the company said.

The work has been carried out at different Scottish, Hebridean and Western Isles ports in keeping with the ferries’ operational schedules.

“The fuel monitoring systems have only recently been installed on our vessels and the project is in a bedding-in phase,” said CalMac’s technical director Peter Breslin.

“But both early data and anecdotal feedback from the ships is encouraging and we expect to see significant benefits in due course both to our carbon footprint and our bottom line.”

“Environmental kindness and major shipping vessels may seem like unlikely bedfellows, but we are committed to taking steps to improve our green credentials as we pass through some of the least polluted and most unspoilt areas in Europe during our day-to-day work.”{/mprestriction}

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