Vessel Performance Application

1.1.1   Introduction

The KONGSBERG Vessel Performance Application (VP) bridges the gap between vessel and shore, enabling data driven decision making on both sides.

The application gives onshore and onboard personnel the same operational picture in order to increase operational awareness. Onboard the operator is provided real-time data and performance KPIs, benchmarked specifically for the vessel. Onshore the same data is combined with real time and historical data for the whole fleet, providing the full picture. Together, both applications support optimized vessel and fleet operation, equipment use, and reduced time spent on reporting.

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1.1.2   Packages

Vessel Performance packages is tier based. If you subscribe to Vessel Performance Premium, you’ll have access to all features included in the Basic and Standard package, as well as the Premium package.

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1.1.3   Functions

Level 1 Basic

Function: Fuel Performance

1 PNG (1).png Fuel performance is the overall performance indicator and is split into sailing performance (when speed is above 4 knots) and passive performance (when speed is below 4 knots). Sailing performance display the current fuel usage in consumption pr distance unit for example l/nm. Passive performance display the current fuel usage in consumption pr time unit, for example l/hr, and describes ship performance while in stationary type operations.          

Function : Fuel Benchmarking


Allows the initiation of a benchmarking session, and the system records the current fuel performance for the vessel. Any change to how the vessel is operated will feed information to the benchmark and display the result to the crew. The benchmarking can be stopped to receive a summary of total savings.

Function: Operational Mode Detection


Operational mode detection shows the current ship mode, automatically detected by the system. For specific vessel types extra operations may be added, such as trawling, embarking, or anchor handling, and this may require additional interfaces.

Function: Emissions Monitoring


Emissions monitoring indicates current real-time emissions calculated from class approved fuel-factors, or through table interpolation based on engine load (Note: Requires engine shop test data). Emissions of CO2 is currently supported.

Function: Leg And Voyage DocumentatioN


Leg and voyage documentation automatically identify legs to be used for comparison to previous legs and related performance indicators. Legs are automatically detected based on the vessel speed. Voyages are initiated by having the crew to press a button in the user interface.

Level 2 standard

Function: Baseline benchmarking

Baseline benchmarking add comparison between the current fuel performance against the baseline generated from historical usage. Sailing performance is compared to baseline per operational mode and per speed step (1 knot). Passive performance compares the current fuel usage in l/hr against the historical usage in the same operational mode (at port, dynamic positioning, etc.).

After collecting 8-12 weeks of data, the baselines are generated by the KONGSBERG analysis team, and sent to vessel owner for approval. Depending on the modules in scope, there are several baselines for approval, such as the sailing efficiency (l/nm) and passive efficiency (l/hr). After the baselines has been agreed and installed, all vessel operations are compared against the baseline and the performance is displayed to the crew in real-time onboard and historically on the web portal.

Function: Weather Resistance Indication


Sea Margin indication estimates the effect of external forces, mostly influenced by wind and waves. Understanding the added resistance is important for the trim and speed optimization, and valuable as documentation when for instance the energy consumption was higher than normal for a leg. Weather data can be further analysed on the Fleet Web Portal

Note: Requires wind sensor and motion sensor data

Function: Engine Performance


Engine performance shows the total Specific Fuel Oil Consumption (g/kWh) for all engines, split into different fuel types, and indicates how efficient the engines are running. The SFOC is then compared against the baseline for same energy production and operation, and this will indicate if the ship is currently running more engines than needed (engine loads closer to MCR is more energy efficient). Comparing SFOC to historical data can give an indication of engine health.

Note: Requires engine shop test data.          

Function: Speed Optimization


Speed optimization uses distance to destination for just-in-time arrival, and estimates consumption, cost and time difference for different speed profiles. There is a visualization of the relationship between propulsion power usage and speed, this can help the crew understand potential savings by reducing speed and to compare current performance against historical usage.

Note: Requires NMEA RMB string from Ecdis

Function : Operational Cost Monitoring


Operational cost monitoring allows the crew to log cost data and gives an indication of cost per hour and nautical mile for machinery and propulsion maintenance/service cost, fuel cost and  missions(where applicable) cost. Manual input of cost per unit and fuel is required. Note: Only propulsion and engines/generators. Other equipment can be included on request.

Note: Requires running signal on monitored equipment

Level 3 Premium

Function : Electrical balance


Electrical balance displays available power consumption readings from different subsystems in the switchboard, typically propulsion and accommodation.

Note: Does not include SWBD hw. Normally only propulsion and generator load is available in PMS.

Trim Optimization


Trim optimization shows potential savings by adjusting the current trim, by comparing the required propulsion power in current condition against various trims configurations from historical data. Using the best trim is an important factor in getting the lowest hull resistance, and thereby reducing energy consumption and emissions. The module advices the crew to try different trim settings, and the system automatically learns the best trim for a given speed and draft.

Note: Requires torque-meter or KM propulsion.

Propulsion Performance


Propulsion performance visualize the efficiency of the propulsion system, calculated from the relationship between propeller power and shaft power. The current efficiency is compared against baseline for current speed and weather condition. In addition to propulsion efficiency, the calculated propeller slip is displayed to indicate ineffective propeller settings.

Note: Requires KM propulsion. Other propulsion systems on request.

Hull Performance


Hull performance aims to help the ship owner to plan hull cleaning by estimating added resistance in hull due to marine growth.

Note: Available from 01.01.2021

Requires torque-meter or KM propulsion.

1.1.1   Vessel Performance Onshore application

The Vessel Performance Onshore Application can be accessed via the Vessel Insight Launchpad. Below is an overview of the different pages available in the application.

The following views can be available (regulated by the Subscription Agreement):

Vessel Performance Dashboard


Easy and intuitive overview of fleet status and starting point for additional insights.

  • Position on map color coded with current performance
  • Connectivity status
  • Ranking of vessels for the last week

Month by month fuel consumption

Vessel Performance Fleet Page


Fleet page gives information about the selected period for all vessels, displays relevant efficiency and performance metrics. The selected period can be day, month, year, or any custom date range.

The fleet page displays the overall operational mode and energy consumption, along with the relevant performance indicators.

From the fleet page, the user can navigate directly to a vessel for further details or compare multiple vessels to investigate performance differences.

Vessel Performance Vessel Page


Presents vessel overview and allows drilling down to individual equipment performance. Selecting a vessel and a time period allows the user to see the information relating to that period for that vessel.

An overview of fuel consumption and running hours for each operational mode and in total, as well as the fuel efficiency of the vessel is also provided.

An overview of the equipment for the vessel, with relevant performance information for the entire period and for each operational mode can be accessed.

Vessel Performance Analysis page


Analysis page shows power versus speed for the vessel. Different overlays and filters can help explain operational patterns and reveal areas of improvement.

Vessel Performance Comparison page


Comparison page gives the possibility to compare a vessel with others, or itself, for a specific time period. This helps to understand if a vessel is operating and performing better one year than the other, before or after hull cleaning, or to compare for instance sister vessels that are doing the same operation.

Vessel Performance Energy / Emissions Budget


Energy Budget allows you to benchmark each vessel's fuel consumption and emissions against a target, on vessel as well as fleet level. This can be viewed as a monthly trend compared on a given time interval. Energy budget is a useful feature for proving to a customer or a regulatory agency that the vessel operates within agreed-upon consumption and emission limits.                                                                                                     

Note: Part of standard package

Vessel Performance Machinery Status


Machinery Status shows running hours and equipment load in total period since logger was installed and for a selected time period. Historical running hours will be set in the logger during commissioning if applicable.                                                                                        

Note: Requires running and load signal on monitored equipment. 

1.1.5   Vessel Performance On-board application

The on-board web portal run on the Kognifai Edge operating on-board the Vessel. It gives real-time information to the vessel crew about the current operation. Access to on-board web portal requires a connection to the ships admin network and login details.

The following views can be available (regulated by the Subscription Agreement):

Onboard Dashboard


Provides an overview over the most important performance indicators and a collection of tools to increase operator awareness. Example of information that can be displayed: Sailing Performance, Speed, Power Usage, Voyage information, Leg Calculator, Leg information and real time weather data.

Onboard Overview Page


Overview provides a view of all performance indicators activated in the system. Propulsion power, Engine power, draft, thrust, torque and RPM can also be displayed.

Onboard Benchmark Page


Benchmark is a simple tool to test different configurations. Press 'start' and compare performance to the moment you pressed 'start'. Can be used to try different propulsion settings, trims, engine configurations etc.

Onboard Daily, Legs and Voyages Pages


List view of distance sailed, average speed, average and accumulated fuel consumption for noon reporting, legs and voyages.

Onboard Trend Page


Compare signals of choice. Try vessel speed and propeller power (and battery power if available) and see the last hours of operation in graph format.

Onboard Electrical Balance Page


Electrical Balance displays all power producers and consumers group into logical groups as Propulsion, Winch, Crane, and Hotel. This function requires monitoring of switchboard consumers.

Note: Only to be included in Electrical Balance function is added above

Onboard Battery Page


Battery provides a visualization of battery utilization, and the battery’s part of the power plant. Key values are trended to give the operator a better overview of how the power plant is operated. Remaining energy on the battery is monitored and given as time remaining to empty.                                                          

Note: For use with propulsion batteries for peak shaving or green operations. Requires battery data from battery system supplier.