ECO-PILOT system

The ECO-PILOT gives the crew access to clear and precise consumption data The ECO-PILOT gives the crew access to clear and precise consumption data

French company C-Sense’s fuel consumption monitoring system, the ECO-PILOT, was introduced to the export markets at Europort.

Once installed, the ECO-PILOT gives the crew access to clear consumption data, through this the captain can optimise the ship’s operation.

It can be connected to a modern router to periodically transmit data to the shipping company. The recorded results are compatible with spreadsheets to build personalised dashboards suited to the ship’s operation.

Pierre-Alexis Dormegnies, the Eco-Pilot project manager, told Maritime Journal: “Tug boats are one of the best uses for the Eco-Pilot. It gives information that will help captains and shipowners have better organisation in doing simple things like starting the transit ten minutes earlier and getting back at the harbour ten minutes later.”

He continued: “It will also aid more sophisticated decisions like moving the tugs to a pontoon that is closer to the tower boats. Thanks to the data analysis, we can get a clear idea of what will be the savings for each decision the ship owner makes.”

C-Sense’s system offers security through a patented algorithm which allows a bypass to open should a flow meter fail. It carries out preventive maintenance by anticipating a fault in the propelling systems and detecting a malfunction of an engine.

Since its launch back in 2011, the company says more than 60 vessels are equipped with the system, suited for vessels using marine diesel oil. Such ship-owners include TSM (French tugboats), Bourbon, Boluda and Windcat.

Mr Dormegnies explained: “In regards to wind farm vessels, the Eco-Pilot can give a way of getting precise billings from shipowner to field operators, where each mission is clearly identified.”

“This means the operator can gain a perfect control on this budget item. Getting this information on board will help the captain make savings but also help him during boat landing,” he added.

The company has released a portable version of the ECO-PILOT for shipyards so a precise fuel consumption can be guaranteed at the delivery of the vessel.

Mr Dormegnies concluded: “For all boats the Eco-Pilot helps in predictive maintenance as it gives the opportunity to compare consumption between similar engines on board and give details regarding fuel oil circuit.”

By Alice Mason

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