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Rolls-Royce and ZF develop electronic monitoring system for ships

The EHMS collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel The EHMS collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel

ZF and Rolls-Royce are developing and testing a new electronic monitoring system for ships to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Equipment Health Management System (EHMS) collects and analyses data from the MTU engines, ZF transmission systems and other key components on a vessel, taking into account additional factors, such as wind, waves and currents.

Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) Shipping Group will test the system on a Halunder Jet.

“Reliability is what we value most of all,” said Tim Kunstmann, managing director of FRS Helgoline GmbH & Co. KG. “When you have 680 passengers standing on the St. Pauli Piers in Hamburg waiting to board the Halunder Jet ferry to Helgoland, the reliable ship operation is of top priority.”

The shipping group is interested in participating in the development of the new electronic monitoring system from Rolls-Royce and ZF to meet its own specific requirements. FRS attributes significant priority to the availability of vessels and their efficient and environmentally friendly operation.

“The large number of vessels, the variety of vessel types operated and their areas of operation make the FRS fleet particularly interesting for the development project, as it enables us to develop a product designed specifically to meet the demands of a large fleet operator,” stated Bartosz Kowalinski, project manager at the Power Systems business unit of Rolls-Royce.

The next steps will be to set up an interface from the ZF transmission systems to the Equipment Health Management System, collect data from the various components of the powertrain on the Halunder Jet and then to analyse the data obtained. With the aid of agile working methods, interim results are repeatedly examined by the customer to determine to what extent they meet requirements.

The collaborative arrangement between Rolls-Royce and ZF will offer maritime customers optimised and integrated propulsion solutions.

The system will be available to help fleet managers operate their fleets as efficiently and as environmentally friendly as possible from 2021.{/mprestriction}

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