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Columbus Shipmanagement agrees fleet-wide Bluetracker deal

Christoph Gessner, Columbus Shipmanagement, and Günter Schmidmeir, Interschalt Christoph Gessner, Columbus Shipmanagement, and Günter Schmidmeir, Interschalt

Hamburg Süd subsidiary Columbus Shipmanagement (CSM) and Interschalt maritime systems have concluded a contract that will see a total of 46 container ships equipped with the Bluetracker fleet performance management software package.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}In order to achieve the stated target of saving one ton of fuel per ship per day on the auxiliary system (diesel generator and boiler consumption) within one year, the Ship Energy Efficiency team at CSM, under the leadership of managing director Christoph Gessner, tested two different technologies on two 10,600 TEU container ships as part of a six-month trial before making a final decision on which application to roll out to the fleet.

The system is tasked with monitoring current energy consumption on board based on the consumption data of the engines and auxiliary systems within the on-board electrical system, with the data gathered both manually and using sensors. CSM will also use historical data and data gathered during ship operations for analysis so that the ships’ current energy consumption can be accurately assessed.

“In order to be able to adopt corresponding optimisation measures together with the ship's command where necessary, we need a tried-and-tested monitoring and analysis system, which captures data from various on-board systems reliably and comprehensively and provides us with flexible options for spotting correlations, in particular in the case of inefficiencies, when we are evaluating the data," said Mr Gessner.

“Our mission is to improve the environmental footprint of our ships by ensuring that the equipment on board is used as efficiently as possible. And the best way of doing this is with real-time data. So a reliable monitoring and analysis system is absolutely essential.”

Bluetracker can also interface with the MACS3 loading computer, and offers a web-based analysis tool for evaluating the data.{/mprestriction}

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