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Logimatic launches ‘3D’ vessel performance management

Logimatic has announced that it is expanding the vessel reporting system and dynamic dashboards within its Sertica software package, to provide an improved level of visual presentation of shipboard data and move towards offering what it calls a ‘3D’ vessel performance management service.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}As part of the new offering a Performance Management Service Centre will also be made available to customers requiring expert advice on performance issues. The resulting combined system is built on these three dimensions – the Planned Maintenance System, Vessel Reporting & Performance Management, and the Performance Management Service Centre – hence its description as a ‘3D’ fleet management service.

“Some shipping companies do not have organisational resources and thus technical competences specialised and focused on performance management. It might therefore be difficult to evaluate and provide feedback in a proper manner and quality for the vessels to adjust and reduce fuel consumption accordingly,” said Allan Rasmussen, senior consultant, Logimatic.

“This is where the 3D fleet management service can provide value, as this function is undertaken by Logimatic according to the Service Level Agreement.”

The company says that the new offering will essentially allow a shipping company running Sertica to “outsource” the task of performance optimisation to the Logimatic Performance Management Service Centre (PMSC), which can be done for a monthly fee or an agreed portion of documented savings.

The PMSC will be able to provide advice on a range of matters related to vessel performance, including fuel consumption, engine adjustments, bunker management, hull and propeller cleanings as well as maintenance schedules and equipment procedures.

The Centre will also provide data to verify certain operational issues, for example if a lack of maintenance of the main engine fuel pumps is leading to increased fuel consumption. When analysing the data, the system will look to correlate the TBO (time between overhauls) to the wear rates, increased fuel consumption, loss of power, man hours used for repair, spares consumed and other relevant information.

“The system is very flexible and can be setup to reflect the KPIs of any company (as long as data is captured in Sertica), for example on company, vessel group and individual vessel or superintendent levels. Data and indexes can be compared against sister vessels, vessels with identical engines, vessels on same route etc,” added Mr Rasmussen.

“The potential of big data crunching in one single database is not far away. Imagine one single platform providing info on planned maintenance, purchases, safety issues, dry-docking schedules, noon reporting from vessels, bunkers, certificates, engine performance, measurement trending, KPI tracking and much more. Then imagine all this data being analysed for coherence and causality. This is what Sertica can provide in the future.”{/mprestriction}

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