Hefring Marine launch digital helm system
Hefring Marine launched their digital helm system at Seawork, this solution was developed to measure the movements of a vessel including the impact, the data is then analysed to offer a guidance speed recommended for safety and / or fuel efficiency.
The onboard system is supported by a cloud-based fleet management Admin Console for real-time monitoring and collection of detailed historical trip logs. Motions, speed, location, and other analysis and data can be reviewed on a second-by-second basis.
Without passengers onboard the system can be used to optimise the fuel efficiency and range of the vessel thus reducing the carbon emissions as well.
Bjorn Jonsson, Hefring Marine commented, “In Norway recently, one of our partners using the fuel guidance system on a 20m vessel for one 4-hour trip, achieved a reduction in fuel consumption of 111 litres / 18%, whilst operating in a standard, non-emergency situation. The duration of the trip was 7% longer but saved $300 USD of fuel cost and reduced carbon emissions by 300kg.”
Bjorn continued, “Back in Iceland, one of the main marine insurers has offered a 20% discount on any premium for high-speed boats using this system, as it provides the operator safe speed guidance for the specific sea conditions. The system also records all the trip data so that the fleet manager / vessel owner can collect and monitor it. The system acts as a black box recorder for the vessel, reducing overall risk to passengers and monitors the boat as an asset, telling you if the engines are overheating, or if there is any equipment failure. A ‘geofence’ can also be set up withing the system so that operators do not enter certain areas where there may be strong currents, shoals or areas of concern, so that alerts are provided. We have also developed the system for electric boats so that range can be optimised and it advises the time left to complete a trip before a charge is required.”
Industry sectors that find this system of interest range from oil & gas, wind farm operators, commercial leisure operators and USV’s.