New developments in internet access software and applications are starting to make data collection and analysis economically viable for small fleet operators.
Our bid consultation to the Pacific Patrol Boat project for the recent DMO RFT shows equipment suppliers have systems that can be monitored and data collected to download remotely (via link) or stored onboard to aid in diagnostics and focus for maintenance LOE. It is understood some proprietary systems are being developed by large Korean shipbuilders to meet this need and offer value to customers. Considering how the prices have dropped on sensors and software development over recent years it is not surprising technology is pushing in this direction.
This enables a proactive approach to where the maintenance budget is spent and thus avoids wasted labour and parts in guessing what needs support. In fact over time a map of specific scheduled maintenance can be built up aiding maximum availability and reliability of systems.
These techniques can be cost effectively adopted and for ferry fleets using commercial marine standards should be considered as part of any new build or retrospectively in older classes of vessel.
We have been developing design/build packages for passenger catamarans high speed ferries with proven options with one of the top designers and have combined them with a builder here in Australia to provide high quality, operationally efficient, competitive new build vessels. Current programs using this package are underway.
Analysis of performance requirement can add profitability when deciding what vessel is required to meet your market and operations.
A variety of useful techniques are employed in military and high end commercial platforms that can be readily adapted for commercial ferry fleets.