Hamburg, 9th Sept. 2014 – DNV GL introduced ECO Insight, a unique performance management portal to the shipping community at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg today. Combined with the new Navigator Insight data collection and logging software, ECO Insight gives shipping companies a fast track to an effective performance management system; Simon Adams writes:
“ECO Insight allows our customers to take the next step to greater efficiency. After exploiting measures to improve the vessels, like retrofitting or engine de-rating, many of our customers are taking an intensive look at how their vessels are being operated”, says Albrecht Grell, head of DNV GL’s Maritime Advisory division. “In order to enhance the way vessels are operated, the natural starting point is to begin to monitor them in a structured way”, he adds.
The performance management portal ECO Insight provides a comprehensive and easily accessible way to manage the performance of a fleet, including voyage, hull & propeller, engine & systems performance. It enriches customers’ own fleet reports with industry data, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS), weather, or fuel, and provides unique benchmarking capabilities. Advanced engineering systems, for example hull fouling prediction, are also packaged into the portal. Navigator Insight, due to a lot of smart plausibility checks against specific vessel particulars, will ensure high quality data collection onboard.
“As we tap into to existing data collection processes onboard, with pre-defined dashboards and a web-based access to hosted data, getting performance management up and running in a shipping company is a matter of several weeks, not months”, comments Dr. Torsten Büssow, head of the performance management unit at DNV GL. “There is no additional hardware or data collection systems investment required”.
The ECO Insight portal will also be open for industry partners. At SMM, an agreement was signed with the Icelandic energy management company, Marorka. The agreement will allow DNV GL and Marorka to integrate their data onto the ECO Insight platform, in order to allow customers to manage their complete fleets using the same dashboards and benchmarks for vessels – even if different data collection approaches are in place on different vessels. DNV GL invites other interested industry partners to join their growing performance management community.
ECO Insight and Navigator Insight have each been extensively tested on some 80 vessels by 10 shipping companies across the globe and are in productive use now. Another 15 shipping companies have already signed up to use DNV GL’s performance management portal.