New acquisition a perfect fit for Kongsberg Maritime's Green Ship strategy
As part of its strategy to create a green ship product line, Kongsberg Maritime
recently announced the acquisition of Metasystems AS. MetaSystems AS develops Intelligent
Electronic Applications in terms of software, sensors and instruments for the maritime
and land based industries, with the goal of increasing customers' profitability
through optimal and safe operations.
Metasystems AS will be completely integrated into Kongsberg Maritime and its
products will complement the company's existing product range within ship performance
analysis, contributing to the optimal running of ships. Kongsberg Maritime has extensive
experience in the design of equipment for use under extreme maritime conditions,
using state-of-the-art technology to assure high reliability and the new addition
to the portfolio will enhance its systems further.
Metasystems' applications can be delivered as stand alone installations or integrated
with Kongsberg's K-Chief 500, 600 or 700 monitoring and control systems. As a result
of the acquisition, Kongsberg Maritime will be able to deliver Ship Performance
Analysis Systems, integrating Metasystems' MetaPower Ship Performance application
with advanced software that continuously analyses performance data. The system can
provide diagnostics of vessel performance based on excess fuel consumption and includes
features such as voyage fuel consumption reports, reports on short and long term
trends in performance, docking interval planning as well as sea trial mode and reports.
The Torque Metre MetaPower system is intended for the measurement of RPM, torque
and power transferred from the main engine to the propeller(s), and can be integrated
with Kongsberg's AutoChief C20 propulsion control system.
All these measurements help to ensure the optimal running of the ship, resulting
in minimal emissions. Additionally, by transmitting measured data via satellite
from ship to shore, the shipping company's operation management is able to decide
the most economical operating modes for the ship's engine and propulsion system.
Vice President of Offshore and Marine at Kongsberg Maritime, Morten Hasås, says
that the acquisition is an important addition to Kongsberg Maritime's strategy for
developing a green product line.
Green ships strategy
"Our primary goal within the green ships strategy is to ensure optimal running
of the machinery, resulting in less emissions. One way of achieving this is to adjust
the ship optimally, using these measurements as a baseline. The torque measurement
offered by Metasystems gives an indication of the ship's performance compared to
the initial baseline, thereby limiting the risk of over-stressing the engine, which
reduces maintenance and repair costs. In addition they enable accurate calculation
of fuel consumption per kWh produced by the engine. By combining this technology
with our already existing equipment we aim to integrate a 'green' concept throughout
our entire product range," said Hasås.