The declaration of intent was signed at SMM in Hamburg and all Rickmers vessels should be equipped within the next two years.
Rickmers already uses Interschalt’s MACS3 loading computer and began trialing Bluetracker on some of its vessels at the beginning of the year.
“The flexible system provides us with the required data and will help us to increase the efficiency of our fleet in the long term,” said Georg Eljardt, director of Maritime Technology at Rickmers Shipmanagement.
“We will be able to reduce our fuel consumption and hence emissions, which will also bolster our commitment to environmentally friendly shipping.”
Robert Gärtner, CEO of Interschalt, added: “Bluetracker allows you both to control costs and increase efficiency on board and onshore. With the aid of the Energy Efficiency Monitor installed on board, the crew is able to take proactive measures to help achieve the shipping company's efficiency targets. The shipping company is able to access the data anywhere in the world via a web browser which means that it can develop sustainable strategies for optimising costs and capacity utilisation.”
To date, Rickmers has been using a manual reporting system which Interschalt will use as a basis to build upon, applying Bluetracker to assess and analyse this manually captured data.
The next step involves installing an automated data capture system whereby the shipping company will be able to analyse consumption and trim and compare several vessels and routes simultaneously.