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Sea trials for MOVE project

Sea trials have begun on two pilot vessels which will provide data for the MOVE (Monitoring for Operational Vessel Efficiency) project, an Innovate UK initiative under the ‘Managing Energy on Marine Vessels’ competition.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Initially targeting the commercial work boat sector, MOVE aims to develop technology which will allow operators to optimise vessel performance through improved selection of propulsion and generation systems, enhanced mission planning and better targeted maintenance.

The project is currently developing and validating a system to measure and record the instantaneous power and torque outputs from a vessel’s engines, in conjunction with more standard monitored data (engine speed, vessel speed & heading, and fuel consumption).

MOVE notes that, although technology already exists to gather this data it is often time consuming and expensive to install, and the project aims to refine this to provide a device which can be quickly retro-fitted or removed making the system more commercially attractive for vessel owners.

The technology is expected to be deployable on a range of marine engines including main propulsion and auxiliary power. 

Initially, the MOVE system will be deployed on two pilot vessels which have been made available by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners in the UK. Data will be collected whilst the pilots carry out their daily duties providing ‘real-time’ information from the vessel’s systems.{/mprestriction}

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