BAE Systems is testing a new technology, the Ship Energy Assessment – Condition Optimization & Routing Enhancement System (SEA-CORES), which is being developed to transform ship maintenance for the UK Royal Navy and commercial organisations.
Sponsored by Innovate UK, the jointly funded research project aims to develop technology that monitors equipment, fuel and energy performance for better real-time fleet management.
BAE Systems is partnering with researchers from the University of Southampton on the project, with James Fisher and Sons, and Fugro and OSISoft UK as technology providers.
“Technology is valuable for commercial enterprises looking for opportunities to make their operations more competitive.”
Chris Courtaux, Head of Engineering and Energy Services at BAE Systems, said: “This technology will provide the Royal Navy with valuable information that will enable them to make better decisions about how they operate the fleet. For example, reducing speed can save fuel, but could increase engine wear if it cruises below its optimum speed.
“Providing real-time data on the impact of such decisions can help the operator reduce fuel consumption and minimize engine wear, which in turn helps reduce costs and increase machine availability. fleet to fulfill its operational commitments around the world.
“The same technology is valuable for commercial businesses looking for opportunities to make their operations more competitive.”
The SEA-CORES was designed to respond to the increasing complexity of modern warships and the large amount of data they produce.
It analyzes the vessel’s vibration and trim performance, the condition of its hull and superstructure as well as environmental conditions such as weather conditions and associated performance characteristics of the vessel, including energy consumption.
SEA-CORES works with BAE System’s existing technologies, Ship Energy Assessment System (SEAS) and System Information Operation (SIE) technology, linking fuel and engine optimization to model the relationships between the different ship systems.
He then advises strategies using genetic algorithms for optimized ship performance.
The technology is being tested on a commercial tanker supplied by James Fisher and Sons in Northern Europe, and will be conducted until the end of this year.
Image: New technology to improve the performance of modern warships. Photo: Courtesy of BAE Systems.