New Fuel Consumption Monitoring System From Kockumation

—Literature Available— TransTema Kockumation, in conjunction with in-service trials organized by TransConsultants, the consulting subsidiary of Rederi AB TransAtlantic, has developed the new fuel consumption monitoring system, Fuelmaster.

Now available, the Fuelmaster uses the concept of comparing consumption against a number of operational variables. From the unit's display and printed output, it is easy to identify the value of any chosen parameter that gives the least consumption value. A further advantage of this approach is that accurate calibration of the readout is not essential for valuable results to be achieved—a relative improvement in the figures will lead to significant fuel savings.

The Fuelmaster is said to be particularly effective in maximizing performance through such parameters as optimum trim, draft, wave encounter and squat effect. For example, to identify the optimum trim condition for a given vessel, the ship's master would record consumption figures for the effect of different trims in all kinds weather conditions. From the results, the optimum value can be identified. Similarly, the effects of changes in draft and of entering shallower water, with resultant squat, can be assessed and the best values of draft and speed selected.

The Fuelmaster unit can be arranged to intake up to eight individual inputs—speed, course, draft, specific fuel consumption, etc.—and acts as a processor of these inputs in a number of appropriate ways so as to disply information that is essential for improved fuel economy.

According to Kockumation, the trials of Fuelmaster administered by TransConsultants aboard Trans- Atlantic vessels have shown excellent results both in fuel savings achieved and in the ease with which the equipment can be used by the crew.

For further information and free literature on the Fuelmaster, Circle 58 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 36,  Aug 1986 Chung Wah Shipbuilding

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