Dutch ship-monitoring company We4Sea has launched the Big Data Fuel Monitoring platform aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions through the use of big data technology.
The project was introduced in April this year. The company said it believes that there is a huge potential to increase sustainability and lower fuel consumption in the maritime world through the use of big data.
“During the last 6 months, we have built, tested and validated a platform that is capable of importing ship’s data, and combining it with data from different sources, such as satellite data, waves, ocean currents and wind. Secondly, for every ship monitored, we design an energy simulation model, able to calculate fuel consumption and emissions, based on its sailing profile and weather encountered,“ Michiel Katgert, CTO We4Sea, said.
To remind, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently set the implementation date for the 0.5% global sulphur cap for 2020. In 2008, the IMO unanimously adopted the global sulphur cap requiring all ships to use fuels with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content as of January 1, 2020.
“With the recent IMO decisions on CO2 monitoring and lowering the sulphur cap in 2020, fuel monitoring will become a must. Starting at less than EUR 10 a day, we can monitor your ship on fuel-efficiency and emissions world-wide. It is our goal to reduce CO2 emissions with 1 million tons in 3 years,” Dan Veen, We4Sea’s CEO, said.
The platform is intended for ship owners as well as maritime equipment manufacturers. To shipowners, the platform offers technical, logistical and operational insights based on big data analysis of the actual operations of their ships, according to the company.