The Great Eastern Shipping Company (GESCO) is to install ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT engine performance monitoring and diagnostic software across its fleet of 46 bulk carriers and tankers.
The development, marking the first time that India’s largest private ship owners have rolled out fleet-wide engine monitoring software, follows a successful trial on two vessels.
ABB Turbocharging’s Tekomar XPERT system will allow onboard analysis of engine performance across GESCO’s fleet, providing instant diagnostics and optimization recommendations as opposed to the previous manual measurements and monthly data analysis.
The tool is intended to simplify the task of GESCO’s performance management department, which analyses engine data from all vessels and compiles submissions for the EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification regulation and IMO’s Data Collection System for carbon emissions.
Anjan Kumar Sahu, technical head at GESCO, said: “Our fleet has been growing and we wanted monitoring software that could help to analyse engine performance and guide us to better-running engines.
“After several meetings with ABB we installed Tekomar XPERT on two vessels. The feedback from our superintendents was that the software identified engine issues and potential future issues.”
One of the main benefits of Tekomar XPERT is cutting the cost and time needed to identify the cause of engine problems, Sahu added. Engine makers often require further data at specified loads to isolate the cause of an engine problem, leading to further delay in resolving issues.
Tekomar XPERT is designed to identify root causes of engine performance deviations automatically during normal operation, minimising delay and facilitating rapid corrective action.
Rajendra Gaikwad, head of service business, ABB Turbocharging Division, India, said: “Tekomar XPERT will enable GESCO to instantly analyse and drill down into the engine data it is recording to improve troubleshooting and optimise engine performance.
“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with GESCO and are honoured by this sign of confidence from one of the biggest names in Indian shipping.”