Auto-diagnostics save fuel for “K” Line

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In the the first commercial application of ClassNK Consulting’s machinery condition monitoring and automatic diagnostic system, “K” Line Ship Management (Singapore) is adopting ‘CMAXS LC-A’ for use on one of its container vessels.

“K” Line conducted a successful trial installation in 2014 which delivered fuel and lubricating oil savings of 200 tons/year. The trial was carried out as part of a joint research project in collaboration with ClassNK and Diesel United Ltd.

The “CMAXS LC-A” system uses diagnosis algorithms to analyse multiple sensor data in the engine room and detect any early signs of machinery damage. The solution automatically shows the condition of a wide variety of machinery in real-time, provides the relevant instructions and procedure manuals, and proposes the optimum setting value for main engine optimum operation based on the result of the automatic condition diagnosis – all without the need for remote shoreside support.

The system’s “main engine optimum setting value function” helps to reduce fuel and lubricating oil costs, while its troubleshooting function supports crew in preventing second damage and streamlining necessary repair and maintenance work. Information such as sensor data and condition monitoring results obtained from onboard systems are uploaded to a cloud database managed by Ship Data Center Co. Ltd., a subsidiary company of ClassNK, and shared between the vessel and shipping company.

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