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PBCF installation on a ship
Vessel: Bulk Carrier Scope of assessment: The study was conducted to understand the fuel savings from the Propeller Boss Cap Fin
Errors in reported data
Vessels: Container vessels Scope of assessment: Assessment of common reporting errors and its rectification Conclusion: A major error associated with
Ship painting in drydock
Vessels: Container vessels Scope of assessment: A special paint was applied for one of the sister vessels after dry dock
bow modification of a ship
Vessels : 6750 TEU & 13119 TEU containers Scope of assessment: Container vessels underwent bow modification for fuel savings and
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Creating meaningful reports from reliable data – Changing perspective

September 22, 2020
The adaptation of newer technologies in the marine industry is not so common unless the technology yields significant outcomes. Since the marine industry is now changing its phase to more digitally dependent/enhanced to reduce the operational cost and increase economic growth. The introduction of Data analytics in the vessel performance equation had become a remarkable breakthrough in deciding the parameters that in turn drives the performance overall. Data-driven decision making will secure added profit while optimizing the fleet operation. Data gathered from the vessel is very crucial in performance monitoring and further analysis. Noon data reporting is the traditional way of collecting the vessel data to the shore and sending for accessing the vessel performance measurement. The quality and integrity of the data and in-turn performance measurement have become so important nowadays as the ship owners and managers around the world are becoming quite enthusiastic to yield better results. The performance measurement is carried out in determining Speed loss/ Fuel Saving/ Fuel Loss of the vessel which are driven by parameters like Wind, Weather, Sea state, Trim, Draft, etc. The real question arises how this quantifiable data is captured and how reliable is the output? Consider Fuel Consumption, for example, Trim, Draft, and environmental parameters are directly driving the high and low state of fuel consumption. The data is gathered on daily basis for the noon report and the average of this report decides the performance graph. The noon report data is significant as the most commonly used reporting tool. However, the technology in the marine sector is becoming advanced so that the data gathering and sending for analysis are far replaced without much human interference. Automated frequent data collected using several sensors equipped onboard is one of these advancements. The data thus gathered is delivered to the shore where it is processed. In the noon report, the percentage of error occurrence is quite high as the whole process is manually maneuverer. However, the dependency of noon reports still predominantly exists and Even in the current scenarios, this traditional approach is widely popular. Automated frequent data allows a more detailed and precise analysis than the noon reports due to the reduction of human error by minimizing the manual inputs. When analyzing parameters like the weather which has high uncertainty relying completely on the noon report will affect the quality of performance measurement. Automated frequent data will increase the reliability in such scenarios. The availability of high-frequency data allows for better analysis and more accuracy. Let’s interpret with numbers, If we take the 3 months vessel data for performance measurement from noon report and automated frequent data it would be evident that after deducting the errors and outlier only 45 -50 good quality data points will be available from noon report. Whereas automated frequent data that fetch the data continuously in every 15minutes will provide around 5000 good quality data for performance analysis. We XShip is completely equipped to give quality results. XShip is now an industry leader in processing and

Saving Fuel by Trim Optimisation

July 22, 2020
Vessel type: 36000 DWT Bulk carrier Scope of assessment: To find out the Power & Fuel saving of the bulk carrier vessel by following the optimum trim condition and validate the CFD method of optimum trim. Result: The vessel operated under the optimum trim condition for 4 months. The vessel had 5.9% fuel savings. This translates to a significant annual savings of 323 tonnes of fuel and 162K US$. Background: Effect of trim  Ship trim optimization simply advocates selecting the trim condition for minimum resistance at the given draft (displacement) and speed. The resistance through water decides the power and the fuel consumed. Hence, less resistance implies lesser emission and more economical operation by fuel savings. The power required varies with trim, draft, and speed of a ship. Determining the most efficient trim from analyzing all these combinations through experimentation is impractical whereas thorough computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation, can easily be obtained. Ship management can further focus on creating awareness in the crew about the economic and ecological value of the fuel savings and emission reduction, through operation at optimum trim. The information can then be used to adjust the trim of the vessel. If extra ballast is required to re-trim the vessel, this can be considered to find the new optimum trim including the ballast weight. Optimum trim: Various trim cases were considered for finding the condition in which power consumption could be minimized. This study was carried out for numerous cases by varying speed and draft ranges. A significant decrease of the ship resistance for the analysed models was achieved and validated by the comparison with the well-known sea-trial and model test result database. After considering all factors, where the power consumption is minimal is termed as the optimum trim. Power trim table for scantling and ballast draft at various draft shown above the red marked point shows the lowest power corresponding to the various speed Savings Potential: Optimum trim for the vessel may be different from the current operation trim of the vessel. Vessels can attain the optimum trim in two ways – by keeping the same displacement without extra ballast or by adding ballast. In the former case, there is a fuel-saving which the ship can achieve by just re-arranging the ballast or cargo. In the latter case, a different saving is achieved by adding extra ballast. In any case, it is evident that the ship can attain some fuel savings by changing the trim compared to the current operating conditions which is called saving potential. Each trim different from the current operating trim has some saving potential which may not be optimum but maybe the best achievable trim. The saving potential is calculated considering the improvement that can be made from the current operating trim. Methodology: Optimum trim of the subject vessel is 1 m by aft for laden conditions. The ideal way to find the fuel savings is to compare the fuel consumption of the vessel during the period of optimum trim and non-optimum trim. To avoid the effect of displacement in fuel consumption, we have taken a constant displacement for comparison. So comparing the fuel consumption between both the voyages, we can see the savings for keeping the optimum trim. The vessel has reported wrong power values for some period, hence brake power, converted from the fuel using the SFOC curve is considered for the analysis. Since we are interested in the change

XShip join hands with Nippon Paint Marine

July 15, 2020
Nippon Paint Marine, Japan, the fifth largest marine paint manufacturing giant signed agreement with XShip Analytics for providing ship performance analysis of ships using their coating solution as per ISO 19030 guidelines. The agreement was signed by Seiichiro Shirahata, President, Nippon Paint Marine and Sandith Thandasherry, CEO of XShip Analytics. Nippon Paint Marine has over 10,000 ships coated with their paint, of which 2000 ships are with high quality paint. Every year about 2000 ships are dry-docked and undergo coating with their paint. XShip is one of the leading analytics company in marine industry offering data driven energy management process with large clients like MSC, PIL, Pacific Basin and MTM. XShip has over 1000 ships using their algorithm and that makes it very powerful and it ensures high prediction accuracy. After initial discussions and a visit to Osaka headquarters, the pilot project was initiated in December 2019. The analysis results from XShip platform was verified by Nippon team and we had came up flying colours. “XShip is very customisable and user friendly,” was the comment received from Makoto Nakagawa, General Manager (Sales, & Marketing), Nippon Paint Marine. “We’ve known energy management is the next big step in the marine industry and we’re ready for it. XShip is always keen to understand our clients requirements and cater to it. We’re glad Nippon and XShip is working together,” Sandith Thandasherry, CEO, XShip said. XShip hopes that more coating providers as well as ship owners join hands to use this powerful web based tool to get accurate and actionable results.

Smart Data empowering employees during COVID time

May 7, 2020
COVID-19 pandemic is creating operational challenges worldwide and the shipping industry is no different, increasingly shifting their operations to work remotely and to help in stopping the increased spread of the coronavirus. However, The major problem associated with this operational mode in this very industry is the documents related to the vessels/ships are not easily accessible from everywhere to the right person/employee. During this remotely working days, physical files with ship data will be out of reach, and accessing a shared local file server seems quite a hardship. It is now time to migrate to cloud storage where the documents and information related to your vessel can be securely saved and accessed from any online devices including smartphones. Introducing a smart vessel management system from XShip that ensures your operation smooth and efficient providing easy access for all reports, certificates, compliance details, drawings and manuals, machinery test data to the onboard crew, land-based staff like vessel managers, DPAs and auditors. “XShip Smart Data” is an online vessel data management solution providing an easy-to-use-interface. All information regarding the vessel including the maintenance reports makes decision-making simpler. The system can generate alerts based on certificate expiry, inspection reports, and many more which will help you to keep updated. As per the guidelines from medical authorities it is highly recommended to work from home to avoid the spread of disease. Shifting to digital ways will help the industry to work easily and efficiently. For more details contact us – sales@xship.in 

Why Marine electronic logbook is essential?

April 30, 2020
International Maritime regulation requires all ships to carry a deck and engine logbook to record the performance of the ship, her machinery, boilers, and other daily events including ship’s position, speed, course, weather conditions, fuel consumption, tank soundings, machinery operating pressures and temperatures, and any incidents which may appear to be of importance to the safety of life at sea, prevention of pollution to the marine environment, etc. It maintains a record of navigation and engineering activities and incidents which must contain sufficient details to restore a complete record of the voyage. Methods of the recording should be permanent and may be handwritten, electronically, or mechanical. Why E-Logbook is essential? As the manual logbook entry is not only a tedious and time-consuming job but also an important routine activity that has no space for carelessness. Moreover maintaining such paper records is very difficult and risky as a small accident or carelessness can wipe out the entire history of the engine room. As an important document, it should be free of errors. It is for these reasons that there is a strong need to replace paper logbooks with an electronic logbook and one of our clients had approached us to offer a suitable solution for their container fleet. How our E-logbook can improve the operations? XShip E-Logbook is a perfect Electronic logbook platform to replace the conventional manual logbooks. It is designed and personalized to cope with the exact standards with the privilege of reduced workload. It replaces paper logbooks, improving data reliability, and minimizing the risk of human errors. Data entered from different users can be integrated and approved with proper checks. The feature adds to creating a good quality database. XShip E-logbook enables data entries via smartphones, makes the crew input data from their location onboard. XShip E-Logbook system ensures the data quality and the processed data can be stored and used in another platform like XShip vessel performance analysis to deliver better results. High quality and error-free data are essential in analyzing the performance of a vessel or a fleet of vessels accurately and efficiently. The majority of shipping companies are using the performance systems on manual logged data or noon data. How it can be used? XShip E Logbook can replace several paper logbooks, including; Deck logbook Engine logbook ME Performance Monitoring AE Performance Monitoring Scrubber logbook These solutions can be tailored to the requirements of the user. Any other logbook required by the vessel can be made a part of this suite. XShip Advanced data validation technique embedded in the platform helps in identifying reporting errors immediately and suggests corrective measures. The Chief Engineer/ Master can quickly verify the watch logs entered by the junior engineers. An online monitoring dashboard is available onshore. The entries carried out onboard are available onshore in order to constantly monitor and support the crew in case of need. Advantages of E Logbook XShip E Logbook is an essential tool as it; Simplifies data entry and storage Improves data quality Compliance

Practical approach for ISO 19030 analysis

April 6, 2020
Vessel type: Bulk carrier Scope of assessment: Counter verification of the claims from various paint suppliers and suggesting the best grade and vendor. Result: A suitable vendor was suggested to the client for their paint requirement. The client was also notified about the issue in the data quality of their noon report. Recommendations were provided for them to improve data quality. Background A leading ship management company recently consulted us for advice on choosing the right marine paint for their vessel which is about to dry dock in 2020. Like any other shipowner in the maritime industry, they were also confused by the promises offered by various paint suppliers regarding the potential fuel savings. They were confused on choosing different grades (Low friction or Normal) and suppliers as the cost v/s benefit scenario was not clear for them. They were not confident with the reliability and accuracy of the results as it was based on the noon data reports. Theoretical comparison is easy but when it comes to the practical scenario it is difficult to validate the results. In the view of the above, we suggested they categories the data of different paints used in past. The actual gain was not available with them. So we had to depend on the theoretical data. We decided to conduct an ISO 19030 Analysis with the data available. ISO 19030 – Speed loss analysis Even though ISO speed loss analysis is preferred for ADA data, it can also be used for noon data but with correct exemptions followed. The vessel didn’t have monitoring devices and hence ISO alternative methods and data filters have to be implemented carefully. After filtering of data, we got the result with maximum accuracy. Fuel savings from various paints were provided to the client. They used these results to verify the vendor promise and chose the right vendor for their vessel. With this study, they also understood the issues they are facing with the data quality in their noon reports and have started to take corrective measures with our consultancy. Conclusion Shipowners are always facing difficulty in counter verifying the results submitted by paint suppliers. Even though paint suppliers use ISO methods it is an industrial practice followed by the paint suppliers to use the cubic relation between power and velocity. It is the theoretically correct method, but in reality it varies. So we recommend and follows the usage of actual scenario in our ISO analysis which will give quantifiable results

How Vessel Data Management System Simplifies Operations

March 6, 2020
Background A reputed shipowner, who is our prestigious client was planning to undertake scrubber installation and have appointed a designer for engineering support. In their technical consultancy services, a lot of drawings and data were required including engine room arrangement, Piping schematics, and Structural drawings. A major problem faced by the shipping industry is the vessel documents not easily accessible from everywhere. Usually most of these drawings will be available onboard the vessel and not necessarily available at shore. As the shipowner has enrolled his vessels in XShip vessel data management all the ship-related information including minor details like cargo hold area were available at the fingertip which assured smooth decision making and effective project completion. This reduced the project completion time and cost as the onsite attendance for collecting relevant ship information was less. XShip SmartData Xship SmartData provides a web-based data bank for the ship owners and ship managers to manage all relevant data of the vessel. The main operational advantage of the XShip SmartData system is the capability to handle many users at the same time. With up-to-date information regarding the vessel including the maintenance, reports make decision-making simpler. Advantages of XShip VDM Big Database: More than 500 ship-related parameters including minor details like cargo hold paint area, piping details, drawings can be kept in the database for each vessel. Certificates of all the machinery and minor equipment are available Highly customizable: Our platform provides the flexibility to keep any kind of data – General information, drawings, and manuals, certificates, Inspection reports, vessel images, machinery test data, or any other type of information that needs to be saved for the vessel. Quick Access: Easy access from any online device Security & User Permission: The owner can decide and distinguish the data privilege for charterers, designers, or other stakeholders. Data Validation: The system can generate alerts based on certificate expiry, inspection reports, and many more which will help you to keep updated Conclusion XShip VDM is an easy-to-use-interface to maintain and manage all information for a vessel or fleet of vessels. It simplifies the day to day operations or any vessel-related retrofit project saving time and effort.

Engineering study for installation of additional sea chest

November 6, 2019
Vessel: 104,183 DWT Bulk carrier Background: As the vessel is planned to undertake scrubber installation, there is a requirement of additional sea chest fabrication for the intakes and outlets of the scrubber. The client engaged us in an engineering study and design solutions to finalize the sea chest position and piping onboard. Scope of Assessment: Engineering study to identify the position of additional sea chest and preparation of all necessary drawings in the most cost-effective way. How we achieved? As the vessel, 3D scanned model was not available. Usually, in such cases, designers undertake 3D scanning and prepare a 3D model to prepare the engineering drawings. Our vast experience and expertise made us analyse the exiting structural drawings, double bottom drawings, and engine room construction drawings to propose a suitable location for the additional sea chest. Once the location was finalized we conducted a feasibility study onboard the vessel to finalize the same. Sea chest drawings, hull penetration, side shell cutting drawings, piping diagrams, and other production drawings were prepared and made approved by DNV-class. As the 3D scanning and modeling were not considered for this engineering study there was a huge advantage in savings for the client. Conclusion: At a very low cost incurred client could complete the engineering study and drawings prepared for the additional sea chest installation.
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