Benefits of Marine Fuel Management System
A marine fuel management system helps in providing the accurate amount of fuel oil burnt at any particular vessel speed or engine rpm. This helps the ship’s crew to continuously measure and monitor the fuel, an extremely important aspect when the ship is sailing. A continuous measuring system will also help in measuring the fuel burn rate or the amount of fuel required by an engine at a particular rpm in an hour, in a watch, or in one full day. The fuel management system thus helps crew members to take decisions that would not affect the fuel burn rate of the engine and would also increase the efficiency.
The system also helps in keeping a continuously watch on all the fuel tanks levels right from the comfort of ship’s engine control room or bridge. This continuously monitoring also helps in evaluating how much total fuel each engine or generator can consume, and thus provides a clearer picture as to how the vessel uses the fuel oil.
Also, the amount of fuel used by a ship is not dependent on the rpm of the engine alone. Many crew members believe this and they therefore reduce the ship’s rpm to reduce fuel consumption. However, there are several other factors such as the condition of sea, direction of wind, varying load, fluctuation in speed, and condition of the engine and propulsion system which also play an equal role in the amount of fuel used by a ship. A marine fuel management system considers all these factors, along with the speed and rpm of the vessel, and provides the right recommendation after performing various calculations. This helps in saving a lot of fuel oil which would otherwise go wasted.
Fuel theft and illegal discharge of fuel from ship to shore is also a grave threat faced by many ship owners. The marine fuel management system helps in eradicating this problem by comparing the amount of fuel taken on board with the actual consumption of each engine or generator. Apart from thefts, accidental fuel oil spill can also be determined by keeping a continuous watch on the fuel oil tank level. The system also assists in monitoring various other operations such as fuel transfers from one tank to another, bunkering, and preventing low or high oil levels of tanks.
Much of the maintenance of engines and generators is done by comparing the amount of fuel burned by a particular engine with the number of working hours. A performance report is made on the basis of this and accordingly maintenance work is carried out. Thus the fuel oil management system not only helps in choosing the right maintenance job but also saves a lot of additional labor.
Thus, marine fuel oil management system is extremely important on board modern ships with the increasing fuel oil cost and the need for a greener and better environment. In the process, the system not only increases the ships efficiency but also saves a lot of money.