Vessel Performance Application

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.

2.   Packages

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

3.   Functions

3.1 Level 1 Basic

3.1.1 Vessel mode detection

Operational mode detection shows the ship mode, automatically detected by the system. This enables users to sort and filter data based on different use. The operational modes are based mostly on vessel speed, and may be configured to the vessel profile. Modes include: Port, Maneuver, Eco Transit, Transit, Fast Transit and DP.

3.1.2 Leg and voyage information

Leg and voyage information automatically identifies legs to be used for comparison to previous legs and related performance indicators. Legs are automatically detected based on the vessel speed. Voyages are collected by the crew starting and stopping a voyage from the user interface. Time spent, distance travelled, and fuel consumed are logged and made available for overviews and comparing.

3.1.3 CO2 Emissions monitoring

Emissions monitoring indicates current real-time emissions calculated from class approved fuel-factors (ISO 8217). Emissions of CO2 is currently supported.

3.1.4  Fuel Performance

Fuel performance is the overall performance indicator and is split into sailing performance (when speed is above 4 knots) and passive performance. Sailing performance display the current fuel usage in liters/kilogram per nautical mode. Passive performance display the current fuel usage in liters/kilogram per hour, and describes ship performance while in stationary type operations. 

3.1.5  Vessel operation export

 Export vessel data with rows for each operation change to Microsoft Excel format.

3.1.6 Machinery overview

Machinery overview displays running hours and fuel consumption for the selected period. The overview is split in engines and propulsors.

3.2 Level 2 Standard

3.2.1 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 liters per hour 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 performance and passive performance. After the baselines have 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.

3.2.2   Fuel Consumption budget

Fuel Consumption Budget allows you to benchmark each vessel's fuel consumption against a target, on vessel as well as fleet level. This can be viewed as a monthly trend compared on a given time interval. Fuel consumption 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. 

3.2.3 Sea margin

Sea Margin 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.

 Note: Requires wind sensor and motion sensor data

3.2.4  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.

3.2.5 Operational cost monitoring

Operational cost monitoring allows the crew to view cost data and gives an indication of cost per hour and nautical mile for machinery and propulsion maintenance/service cost, and fuel cost. Manual input of cost per unit and fuel is required.

 3.2.6 Extended Machinery overview

Machinery overview displays a set of metrics for the selected period. The overview is split in engines, propulsors, consumers, batteries and shore connection. By combining with power readings, one may use this to indicate where power is produced / consumed, and how much has been produced / consumed in the selected period

3.2.7 Extended Vessel Mode detection

Operational mode detection shows the ship mode, automatically detected by the system. This enables users to sort and filter data based on different use. The operational modes are based mostly on vessel speed and may be configured to the vessel profile. Modes include: Port, Maneuver, Eco Transit, Transit, Fast Transit and DP.  Additional modes can be requested based on vessel type and signals available.

3.2.8 Battery Performance

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.

3.2.9 Electrical Balance

Electrical balance displays power generation, load on generators, max capacity on generators and power consumption grouped by accommodation and different subsystems, including propulsion, to get full overview of produced power and consumer distribution. Up to 20 elements in the electrical balance module is supported as Standard.

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

3.3 Level 3 premium

3.3.1 Trim Optimization

Trim optimization Onboard shows current performance against the best historical performance, by comparing the required propulsion power in current condition against various trim 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 on board 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.

3.3.2 Hull Performance

Hull performance aims to help the ship owner to plan hull cleaning by estimating added resistance in hull due to marine growth. The Hull Performance module is based on ISO 19030 Standard and supports compliance with the same. The performance values are indicated in scatter plot, where a trend curve should be possible to deduce where there is a degradation in performance due to i.e. hull growth, or an improvement in performance after a maintenance event.

Performance indicators also help indicate and optimize when to schedule cleaning/dry-docks.

Requires torque-meter or KM propulsion.

4. Onshore applications

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):

4.1 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.

4.2 Vessel Page (Basic)

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.

 

4.3 Vessel Page (Standard/ Premium)

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.

4.4 Machinery Status (standard/Premium)

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

 4.5 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.

4.6 Trend Page

The trend page gives the option to select a set of metrics to compare over time. This may be used to investigate a set time or look at the tendencies of selected metrics.

4.7 Documents Page

The documents page lets one upload and download documents from the onshore application. For instance, one may keep user manuals and vessel reports here for easy access.

4.8 Map page

The map function shows vessel position on a world map along with historical track and operations for selected time periods. Additional information related to vessel operation is available from a side bar.

4.9 Hull Performance page (Premium)

Hull performance aims to help the ship owner to plan hull cleaning by estimating added resistance in hull due to marine growth. The Hull Performance module is based on ISO 19030 Standard and supports compliance with the same. The performance values are indicated in scatter plot, where a trend curve should be possible to deduce where there is a degradation in performance due to i.e. hull growth, or an improvement in performance after a maintenance event.

Performance indicators also help indicate and optimize when to schedule cleaning/dry-docks.

Requires torque-meter or KM propulsion.

4.10 Analysis (Premium)

Analysis allows one to perform a deeper investigation on a selected time period. A user may select the metrics for the x-axis and y-axis and add an additional field of filtering based on color. The page also gives an option for further filtering based on weather, waves, engines running, vessel speed and vessel operation

5. onboard applications

5.1 Onboard dashboards (Standard/Premium)

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.

5.2 onboard overview page (Basic)

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.

5.3 Onboard overview page (Standard/Premium)

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.

5.4 Onboard benchmark page (Standard/Premium)

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.

5. 5 Onboard daily, legs and voyages page

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

5.6 Onboard trend page

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

5.7 Electrical balance page (Standard/Premium)

Electrical balance displays power generation, load on generators, max capacity on generators and power consumption grouped by accommodation and different subsystems, including propulsion, to get full overview of produced power and consumer distribution. Up to 20 elements in the electrical balance module is supported as Standard.

5.8 Onboard Battery page (Standard/Premium)

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.

5.9 Engine Performance page (Standard/Premium)

The engine performance page gives an overview of an engines fuel consumption, power generation, and specific fuel oil consumption. These metrics are available as live values, todays value, and the value for the last 24 hours.

5.10 Trim Optimization page (Premium)

Trim optimization shows current performance against the best historical performance, 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.