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Nor Lines signs for ‘Power by the Hour’ remote monitoring

The vessel Kvitbjørn is one of two covered by the agreement The vessel Kvitbjørn is one of two covered by the agreement

Nor Lines and Rolls-Royce have signed a novel ‘Power-by-the-Hour’ service agreement for the two vessels Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos, which will use Big Data technologies to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on all the equipment installed on the cargo ships.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The agreement with Nor Lines is the first for Rolls-Royce Marine for the Power-by-the-Hour service, which builds on the company’s work in equipment monitoring and proactive servicing in the aerospace market.

Under the agreement Nor Lines will move responsibility for service planning and performance back to the equipment supplier and pay a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship.

Rolls-Royce will monitor the equipment on each vessel from shore using onboard sensors and will be able to connect to the ship and carry out service activities remotely or, if necessary, send out a service engineer to do the job.

The agreement also covers planned maintenance, though day-to-day maintenance onboard ship will be carried out by the shipping company itself.

“The service contract insures us against downtime due to equipment failure. At the same time, it ensures that the Rolls-Royce equipment we have on board functions as optimally as possible,” said Sigvald Breivik, Nor Lines CEO.

Nor Lines will also implement Rolls-Royce’s Energy Management System, which logs energy consumption and emission levels to provide data that can be used to advise operational decisions.

“Both the Power-by-the-Hour and Energy Management systems have been developed because we now have the capacity to digitally monitor onboard systems from on shore. Our ability to record and analyse huge volumes of data means we can offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than we could just a few years ago,” said Knut Hovland, Rolls-Royce director customer and services.

Nor Lines took delivery of MS Kvitbjørn from the Tsuji shipyard in China in 2015. It was the first of two vessels ordered by the shipping line, and was the first Norwegian gas-powered coastal cargo vessel. The Kvitbjørn’s sister ship, MS Kvitnos, was delivered later the same year.

The vessels currently sail between ports in central Europe and along the Norwegian coast up to Hammerfest.{/mprestriction}

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