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Crowley to install Caterpillar monitoring system

Crowley Maritime Corporation has agreed a deal to install the CatAsset Intelligence software system from Caterpillar for equipment monitoring on one of its vessels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The tugboat Guide, a ship-assist vessel operating out of Seattle, is being fitted with a custom vessel monitoring and diagnostics solution, which will keep watch over its main engines, generators, thrusters and critical systems.

The system provides automated data capture, analysis and advisory recommendations for each piece of equipment, backed by further support from the Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence team which will supply additional reports, including specific recommendations for individual equipment.

“It’s a robust system that does all the key monitoring and analysis we need,” said Bill Metcalf, vice president of Strategic Engineering for Crowley Maritime.

“We’re looking at it as the next level of management and optimisation, and we want to see how it can help us increase reliability, safety and efficiency onboard our vessels. It’s very scalable and customisable. That’s one of the things we liked about this technology. Plus, Cat Asset Intelligence will monitor and analyse anything—not just Cat products. That was a big selling point as we, like many others, have a wide variety of equipment that is critical to our success.”

“It can give us early warning of a catastrophic failure so we can schedule maintenance. It can save us time and money during the inspection process. It can help us keep our vessels and people out of harm’s way. We’re also looking at fuel savings. That’s not likely to be a big issue on Guide, because of its size and application, but it could be huge for our larger vessels.”

Crowley Maritime has established a governance committee to analyse the software’s performance onboard Guide and, if it proves valuable, hopes to expand vessel monitoring and diagnostics to other ships in its fleet.

“We consider Crowley Maritime an important partner, and we’re working through the Cat Asset Intelligence journey together,” said Leslie Bell-Friedel, global business manager for Caterpillar Marine Asset Intelligence.

“There’s a real team mentality in place to ensure they get as much value from this technology as possible.”{/mprestriction}

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