New digital solution from Rolls-Royce and ZF improves availability and CO2 emissions of ships

May 22, 2019

  • Rolls-Royce and ZF are developing a new electronic monitoring system for ships
  • Focus on availability, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
  • The Förde Reederei Seetouristik Shipping Group is testing the new system for the first time in the Halunder Jet

Rolls-Royce is developing a new electronic monitoring system together with ZF to achieve maximum availability for ships, while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum. It will be tested by the Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS). The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents. As of 2021, the system will ensure that fleet managers are able to operate their fleets as efficiently and as environmentally friendly as possible, and will allow them to monitor and align that in real time.

“Reliability is what we value most of all,” says Tim Kunstmann, Managing Director of FRS Helgoline GmbH & Co. KG. “When you have 680 passengers standing on the St. Pauli Piers in Hamburg waiting to board the Halunder Jet ferry to Helgoland, the reliable ship operation is of top priority”

As a result, the shipping group is very interested in participating in the development of the new electronic monitoring system from Rolls-Royce and ZF to meet its own specific requirements. FRS attributes significant priority to the availability of vessels and their efficient and environmentally friendly operation.

The international business group has a total of 58 vessels operating ferry services and crew transfer services for offshore wind farms in Europe, North Africa, the Near East and North America, and currently has 40 MTU engines in service. FRS has put its trust in MTU engines since 1997. “The large number of vessels, the variety of vessel types operated and their areas of operation make the FRS fleet particularly interesting for the development project, as it enables us to develop a product designed specifically to meet the demands of a large fleet operator,” explains Bartosz Kowalinski, project manager at the Power Systems business unit of Rolls-Royce.

The next steps 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 the Halunder Jet and then to analyse the data obtained. With the aid of agile working methods, interim results are repeatedly examined by the customer in order to determine to what extent they meet requirements. On the basis of this collaborative arrangement, Rolls-Royce and ZF hope to be able to offer maritime customers optimised and integrated propulsion solutions. To date, 70 per cent of MTU’s marine engines have been delivered with ZF transmission systems.

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The new electronic monitoring system from MTU and ZF is being tested on the Halunder Jet operated by Förde Reederei Seetouristik. The catamaran carries as many as 680 passengers from Hamburg to the North Sea island of Helgoland and back daily. Four 16-cylinder Series 4000 MTU engines delivering a total output of over 12,000 hp (around 9,000 kW) enable the high-speed ferry to operate at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/h). The propulsion system also includes ZF 7650 NR2H transmission systems and Kamewa waterjets.

The new electronic monitoring system from MTU and ZF is being tested on the Halunder Jet operated by Förde Reederei Seetouristik. The catamaran carries as many as 680 passengers from Hamburg to the North Sea island of Helgoland and back daily. Four 16-cylinder Series 4000 MTU engines delivering a total output of over 12,000 hp (around 9,000 kW) enable the high-speed ferry to operate at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/h). The propulsion system also includes ZF 7650 NR2H transmission systems and Kamewa waterjets.

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Rolls-Royce and ZF are developing a new electronic monitoring system for ships to improve availability and fuel consumption. It collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents.

Rolls-Royce and ZF are developing a new electronic monitoring system for ships to improve availability and fuel consumption. It collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents.

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To achieve maximum availability for ships, while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum is the aim of the new electronic monitoring system.

To achieve maximum availability for ships, while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to a minimum is the aim of the new electronic monitoring system.

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The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents.

The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents.

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Silke Rockenstein
Spokeswoman Trade Media
+49 7541 90-7740

silke.rockenstein@ps.rolls-royce.com

 

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