Rolls-Royce Power Systems is to develop a new electronic monitoring system with ZF that, it says, will maximize ship efficiency, while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum.
The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) will collect and analyse data from MTU engines, ZF transmission systems, and other key components aboard a vessel, taking into account additional factors such as wind, waves and currents.
From 2021, the system will, according to Rolls-Royce, enable fleet managers to operate ships as efficiently and as environmentally friendly as possible – while allowing them to monitor and align performance in real time.
Ferry operator FRS Helgoline is committed to joining the development process.
“Reliability is what we value most of all,” explains Tim Kunstmann, managing director of FRS Helgoline.
“When you have 680 passengers standing on a pier in Hamburg waiting to board the Halunder Jet ferry to Helgoland, reliable ship operation is a top priority.”
The next steps in developing the system will be to set up an interface from the ZF transmission systems to the Equipment Health Management System, collect data from the various components of the powertrain on Halunder Jet, and then analyse the collated data.