On the 28th May, Vessel Performance Solutions (VPS) held the workshop “Operational Performance Beyond 2020” at the Marriott Hotel in Athens.
The workshop was focused on how to handle the operational challenges now and in the future. The presentations were around subjects like design aspects for existing and future designs, best practices for performance management, the commercial performance aspect, data challenges, sensor fusion and artificial intelligence for performance analyses and the total voyage management.
There were participants from the Greek, Italian and Danish Shipping Industry including the following companies:
Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited, Euronav Shipmanagement Hellas Ltd, Costamare Shipping Company, Roswell Tankers Corp., Optimum Shipmanagement Services SA, Dorian LPG Management Corp., Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management, Conbulk Shipping S.A., Hellenic Tankers, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management, Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc, Athenian Sea Carriers, Blue Line Ship Management SA, Vrontados SA, VShips Greece, Dalnave Navigation Inc, Pantheon Tankers Management, Arista Shipping, Alpha Bulkers Ship Management, Latsco Marine Management, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement "TCM" S.A., Seatraders SA, Maran Tankers Management Inc, Minerva Marine Inc, d’Amico Società di Navigazione SpA Maersk Tankers, WNI, Prisma Electronics S.A., Jotun AS, DNV GL, ABS, ShipServ and Vessel Performance Solutions.
The workshop was held in an open atmosphere and the discussions were fruitful for all participants. A short summary of the presentations is given in the following:
The workshop was opened by the CTO from Forward Ships, Mr. Trakakis, and his presentation was focused on how we need to do things differently in the Shipping Industry with respect to alternative design, fuel and engine room configuration. The talk was around the novel design of the Project Forward bulk carrier and how it solved many of the future demands for Shipping with respect to carbon reduction. He also touched upon a new view on requirements for the engine crew on board.
Mr. Buus Petersen from VPS continued with a presentation on how to establish a propulsion efficiency benchmark for existing vessels in the market today. The EEDI sets an index for the design of vessels but for the propulsive efficiency another index was introduced. The PEDI (Propulsive Efficiency Design Index) sets a measure where the propulsive efficiency can be used to benchmark similar vessels at the same draught and speed. A useful index to evaluate and choose vessels before entering into a charter agreement, buying a vessel or determining efforts to improve the energy efficiency of an existing vessel.
Mr. Navndrup Pedersen from Maersk Tankers presented the Maersk Tankers Bunker Adjustment tool. The tool is novel approach to commercial pool administration and is a transparent way to evaluate the fuel efficiency of a fleet in a pool. The tool includes the vessel design, the propulsive performance and the power management in the final evaluation of the vessels in the pool. This ensures that fuel efficient vessels are rewarded in the system. The approach used in the Bunker Adjustment tool has recently been audited by Lloyds Register who confirmed its conformity to recognised Industry Standards.
Mr. Bendix Nielsen from VPS presented examples of transparency in Performance Management. The presentation was focused on the opportunities that lies in having established a transparent and efficient performance management system to keep track of a fleet’s fuel efficiency, the commercial performance and alignment with EU MRV/ IMO DCS regulations. Examples were given from the cost-efficient VPS performance software VESPER which is used by more than 700 vessels on a daily basis.
Mr. Servos from Minerva Marine Inc. gave a presentation on the daily challenges with regards to handle performance management in a large Shipping Company. The focus was on sensors, data collection and validation, analyses towards performance reference curves and how to quantify effects of technical performance improvements. Included was also other energy efficiency measures that needs to be handled like propulsion, power management and steam production. Finally, the presentation highlighted that the experienced gained in the performance management work would go back to the evaluation of the design of future newbuild vessels.
Ms. Melillo from d’Amico Group gave a presentation on Best Practices for the performance work in a large Shipping Company. The presentation included a view of how to handle data collection both from automatic, external and manual sources and include these in the performance evaluation. Further a view on the performance analyses and how data can drive these. Included were also a view on the ISO 19030 standard and how this was practised in d’Amico Group. Finally, it was highlighted that good performance management also includes the crew on board and how they should be included in the feedback loop.
Mr. Armanes from ABS gave a presentation on the concept of a SMART vessel and how the work was structured in ABS to guide their clients to establish SMART ship functionalities in their fleet. Included were mentioned Structural Health, Machinery Health, Asset Efficiency, Operational Performance, Crew assistance and Augmentation. The recently issued ABS Guides series were presented and further the Notations related to this. The Stakeholders and the Class role in the implementation of SMART processes in the different stages were highlighted and how the cooperation would lead to a successful implementation.
Mr. Chartomatzides from Prisma Electronics gave a presentation on how to implement automated data collection to supplement traditionally manual reporting in a fleet by using the wireless technology in the LAROS system. The advantage of using automated data with regards to reporting frequency, reduced uncertainty and better prediction capability was highlighted. Further the handling of data gaps, noisy data and how to establish a health monitoring function through the LAROS system was presented. Cases showing pre/ and postprocessing of data were presented including anomaly detection for different sensors.
Mr. Lajic from Maran Tankers Inc gave a presentation on sensor fusion driven performance management which is a part of the Global Monitoring Platform within Maran Tankers. The presentation included an overview of the data needed for a performance analysis and how the various data sources were fused to achieve the best performance analysis. The data were handled through a stable detection algorithm where stable operational periods were identified and analysed. The reliability of such a method was highlighted and the results from two VLCCs with high and low frequency data were shown.
Mr. Senteris from Maran Tankers Inc gave a presentation on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning could be included within performance management. He described the changing landscape of data management with the inclusion of large data amounts and described how this could be used to estimate the needed shaft power by training artificial neural networks and comparing the estimations with the shaft power measured by the torque meter on board. The method was found to give feasible results and further investigations, by improving the quality of the input signals as one of the factors mentioned, were suggested.
Mr. Herold from Weather News Inc. (WNI) presented the WNI approach to Optimum Ship Routeing and how they included Voyage priorities and Performance Monitoring in their solutions. The ship specific performance, Safety first / weather and current factors, ECA/other areas and commercial needs were highlighted as the factors to consider in the routing choice. Voyage priorities like minimum voyage costs, arrival on-time and instructed speed were mentioned as some of the factors that could be accounted for in the routing choice. Finally, the voyage performance options with voyage performance audit reports were presented as a measure to evaluate the voyage towards expectations.
The workshop ended with a roundtable discussion where the subjects were:
· Reducing GHG emissions from Shipping. Future Goals. Market based Measures. Changes in design and Operations.
· Performance Monitoring in the Future. Sensor Fusion. Automation. The Human Element.
· Voyage Management. Economy versus Safety. The Human Element. External Stakeholders.
· Hull and propeller performance. The operational profile. Standards for performance measurements and analyses. Models.
The discussions were intense, and the participants opinions were shared at the end of the day.
VPS wishes to thank all participants, speakers and audience, for making this an interesting day. This was the first time for VPS to arrange this type of workshop with focus on Operational Performance.
Based on the feedback from the participants, VPS will most certainly plan for another similar event next year in Athens.