08 Feb '12 Marorka and FutureShip enter into alliance
Marorka and FutureShip, a GL company specializing in consulting services to the maritime industry, have entered into a strategic alliance to further strengthen their performance solutions offering. The alliance has been announced today on the occasion of FutureShip’s new Singapore office opening.
“At a point in time when most of our clients have fuel efficiency high on their agendas, we are pleased to announce this partnership,” Korshed Alam, Vice President FutureShip South Asia/Oceania said. “It gives us the opportunity to even better serve the need to monitor ship performance, raise energy efficiency awareness onboard and onshore, and enable our clients to seamlessly manage the energy performance of their entire fleets.”
FutureShip’s and Marorka’s alliance brings integration of both partners’ product portfolios in the field of fuel efficiency, energy management and related consulting. “We are very excited that via this alliance with FutureShip we are able to serve the shipping industry with our long experience and advanced energy management products on a significantly broader scale”, commented Dr. Jón Ágúst Thorsteinsson, Managing Director of Marorka.
Launched in 2009, FutureShip stands for impartial expertise beyond ship classification. FutureShip offers technical and management support from conceptual design to ship operations. The expertise covers all vessel segments and the entire maritime value chain. This allows FutureShip to holistically optimise ship performance with special focus on energy efficiency. Trim is one of the central drivers of energy efficiency in operations. Sailing at optimal trim significantly affects ship performance and improves fuel efficiency by up to 5%. FutureShip’s ECO-Assistant, an easy-to-use, stand-alone software application, is the industry’s tool of choice that delivers the optimal trim angle for a specific ship when provided with a few simple operational parameters. To date, more than 200 systems have been sold.
Alongside its own solutions, FutureShip now offers selected Marorka hardware and software products, such as Marorka SPM. The stand-alone Ship Performance Monitoring System calculates fuel efficiency based on fuel consumption, GPS and log speed, propeller power and main engine RPM. It displays performance values and trends on a touch panel computer, which collects measurement data, creates real time performance analyses, and records historical performance data that can also be sent to shore for further analysis with Marorka Online.
As an advanced alternative to basic performance monitoring, the Marorka Maren Operating Platform (OP3) is offered as the established standard solution. This can be connected to all of the relevant onboard systems for extensive data collection from propulsion, navigation, machinery, and cargo systems as well as weather and oceanic forecasts. Modular expansions based on and connected to Marorka Maren OP3, such as propulsion performance optimisation, simulation of voyage schedules and costs, monitoring of power and steam production efficiency, are also available. Additionally, an automated interface to FutureShip’s renowned trim optimisation tool, ECO-Assistant, can now be ordered.
FutureShip, a GL Company, offers specialised consulting services to the maritime and non-maritime industries in the fields of Maritime Strategy, Ship Design and Operations, and Compliance. FutureShip’s consulting expertise is backed and complemented by in-depth market intelligence, advanced engineering solutions and sophisticated measurement services. FutureShip has more than 100 employees with offices in Europe, China and Singapore.