Keeping An “i” On Engine Fuel
By Mike Brezonick03 November 2017
BY IAN CAMERON
Improved monitoring of onboard and onshore fuel tank inventories and individual engine consumption is the goal of a new module from Royston Diesel Power.
The latest enhancement to Royston’s advanced enginei fuel monitoring system, the tank monitoring module features Electronic Fuel Monitoring System (EFMS) technology to provide real-time inventory measurement capabilities for vessel owners and bunker operators.
enginei is designed to accurately record data by monitoring bunker deliveries and individual engine consumption with the data presented on touchscreen monitors installed on the bridge and in engine control rooms. In addition, the system transmits the information from ship to shore, where it can be accessed through a web dashboard with computer generated graphs and Google mapping to show an operational profile of a vessel.
Incorporating modern sensor technology, volumetric readings are calculated by the module after measuring variables in temperature and pressure to produce accurate fuel readings, the company said. The information is displayed locally but can be rapidly transmitted to the enginei web portal as part of a monitoring and control system package, said Royston which is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Royston’s enginei provides comprehensive fuel data analysis and reporting options to provide vessel owners and operators with a detailed picture of engine performance and other mission critical information. This ‘complete accountability’ capability improves asset visibility and control, decision making processes at all levels and helps to resolve any shortfalls encountered both onboard a vessel and at an onshore facility, ensuring fuel security, the company said.
Alongside fuel consumption, the enginei system also provides a low-cost method of measuring vessel emissions, including carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxides for monitoring and assessment against IMO, SECA zone and SEEMP regulations.
In addition, to help operators on inland waterways calculate tax payments to relevant authorities, enginei also includes a geofencing capability. This feature enables accurate fuel consumption measurements to be linked to voyage and GPS data to enable fuel tax liabilities in different waterway tax zones to be calculated, recorded and reported.
The enginei integrated fuel management system is compatible with all marine engine types and can be interfaced with new-build engine installations or retrofitted to operating vessels.