Rolls-Royce Debuts Ship Intelligence
November 27, 2017
has opened the first in a series of ship intelligence experience spaces
to show its customers, suppliers and partners how the latest digital
solutions can transform the marine industry.
The first Intelligent Asset Management (IAM) experience space, opened
today in Ålesund, Norway, demonstrates how ship intelligence systems can
harness the “power of data” to optimise fleet operations, reduce
operating costs and improve maintenance procedures.
The IAM space provides an area for Rolls-Royce customers to validate the
advantages of using IAM systems, such as the Rolls-Royce Energy
Management (EM) and Equipment Health Management (EHM) portals in
real-time, operational environments.
Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce,
President – Marine, said: “I am delighted to officially pronounce the
Ålesund IAM Experience Space open for business. It is often difficult to
convey the many commercial and operational benefits of new cloud-based
digital technologies. But now, with the opening of this, the first in a
number of planned Ship Intelligence Experience Spaces around the world,
we can fully demonstrate for our customers the very tangible benefits of
what is often considered an intangible technology.”
Split into two distinct areas – an “Intelligent Analytics Centre
Collaborative Canvas area” and a “Fleet Management Command Centre” – the
IAM Experience Space will showcase the Rolls-Royce range of digital
products designed to support its customers in the management of their
vessels and fleets.
The facility also provides a work space in which Rolls-Royce and its
customers can hone existing digital solutions and collaborate on the
development of new ones to meet their individual requirements.
“Essentially, the Intelligent Analytics Centre is a ‘digital factory’,
where data is transformed into insights that facilitate and support more
informed decision-making,” said Jan Chirkowski, Rolls-Royce, Intelligent
Analytics Centre Manager. “The Intelligent Analytics Centre
Collaborative Canvas space allows us to visualise this data, co-develop
product features with our customers to make better use of that data and
give them a complete digital picture of the current and potential
operational performance of their fleet.”
The Fleet Management Command Centre area, meanwhile, is a
proof-of-concept for a future product that puts all the information a
fleet manager needs at their fingertips. The command centre is fitted
out with an intuitive touch interface and a floor-to-ceiling, six-metre-wide
curved screen to display collected ship data via systems such as the
Rolls-Royce EM and EHM portals.
“The EM display gives the fleet manager a complete overview of the
fleet’s energy footprint, providing the comprehensive information needed
to optimise or adjust operating parameters to achieve better energy and
environmental efficiencies,” said Chirkowski.
The EMH portal, to be officially introduced next year, uses “Machine
Learning” algorithms to flag-up any anomalies in the sensor data coming
in from machinery and systems onboard a vessel, in a real-time, live
operating environment. This information can then be used to make
informed decisions to take more effective and pre-emptive action.
“This data is invaluable,” said Chirkowski. “For example, it can inform
fleet managers of any material degradation or likely component failure
before it actually happens. Components can then be ordered and replaced
before causing any operational disturbance. Certainly, a reduction in
the frequency of unplanned maintenance events will pay dividends and
result in a fleet that is always running to optimum commercial and
The concept of real-time machinery data is common in the aviation
industry where aero-engine performance information is critical to safe
operation. However, until recently bandwidth availability and cost have
been barriers to the concept being rolled out across the marine
Camporeale, Rolls-Royce, Vice President Intelligent Asset Management
Solutions, said: “Connectivity at sea has come a long way, and our
recent cooperation with Inmarsat provides a good example. The satellite
communications provider’s Fleet Xpress high-speed broadband service
offers high-volume data processing though an application-triggered
Mikael Makinen added: “The information presented to fleet managers today
in the Aalesund IAM Experience Space is crucial for optimising vessel
performance. It can be used to reduce fuel consumption and emissions,
extend machinery overhaul intervals and increase system availability.
Machinery breakdowns could be a thing of the past.
“We can demonstrate exactly how Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence Solutions
increase the overall performance and safety of the vessels in our