Efficient use of real-time, ship-to-shore data to prevent energy waste, reduce consumption, cut emissions and protect owners’ assets.

Shipping regulations are becoming more and more demanding. While freight rates remain low, charter rates are uneconomical for most vessel sizes and segments. The shipping sector needs to reduce fuel consumption to save money and cut emissions to meet regulatory requirements.

During the last few years, on-board and online reporting has expanded to help operators meet requirements imposed by the authorities. These regulations included SEEMP, EEOI, MRV and others, and the amount of data demanded can no longer be provided by noon reports and manually created files.

Only real-time data can provide real opportunities for wide-ranging savings: savings on fuel and emissions; savings on assets and maintenance; savings in the time spent creating reports to comply with requirements.

The shipping community must move away from its mentality whereby it is acceptable to “report losses and report damages”. It must change its approach and support the crew, leading to fuel savings and reduced maintenance costs.

Real-time data will assist the shipping industry in breaking down its segmentation into business areas. Increased transparency is the next step in the maritime sector.

In a presentation made at the Greener Shipping Summit, Athens in November 2017, Fridtjof Rohde demonstrated the feasibility of using real-time data to generate savings for all segments. A combination of real-time data, automated alerts and pro-active performance services has the potential to benefit all stakeholders.

Correctly analysing and summarizing the vast amount of data collected from ships can contribute to the knowledge base and provide new insights in all parts of the shipping cycle, from vessel design to target setting to operations. The improved understanding can also influence retrofitting decisions such as the installation of scrubbers or BWT systems.