Danelec Marine, manufacturer of several bridge technologies including VDR and ECDIS, has launched Danelec Connect, a low-footprint condition-based maintenance and reporting system. “The data in the VDR is fairly useless – it’s just sitting there waiting for the accident to happen. But if you can access it in a more readily available format and timing, it has commercial value,” said sales director Søren Westergren.
“Danelec Connect can pull data from the VDR, as well as from sensors all around the ship – but also other data – engine sensors readings, NOx, Sox readings in the exhaust.” Hamburg-based Hanseaticsoft announced this week that it would be integrating the DanelecConnect application programming interface (API) into its Cloud Fleet Manager ship monitoring platform, and Danelec aims to allow various other monitoring firms to incorporate its API into their programs, including shipowners’ in-house platforms.
The system can then report the data to a remote server on shore, harmonising it in such a way that can be transferred by satcoms using a miniscule amount of data. “There are 500 data channels built into a modern main engine,” said Westergren. “We estimate it would be about 1.5mb per day – around $1 a day.”