Renewing Engine Monitoring Systems In Old Ships Saves Money
Faster and lower-cost replacement of ships' alarm systems is now an option for vessels struggling with costly maintenance of old monitoring equipment. Existing control panels can be used, and the upgrade even carried out, while the vessel is under way. Moland Automation in Arendal, Norway, has a system that monitors the main engines, auxiliaries, tanks and other technical functions on board. The system is technically approved by the leading classification societies. Monitoring critical areas on board a ship prevents a collision or grounding due to engine breakdown by providing early warning of malfunctions in the machinery. The Bergesen d.y.
shipping company chose to have Moland refit its older, "pre-1978" vessels. Moland installed a new system adapted to one ship while the vessel was under way.
Moland systems have now been installed in approximately 150 vessels, of which about 30 are older ships upgraded to the classification societies' standards for documentation and functionality of alarm systems.
These systems reportedly allow more preventive maintenance to be carried out on the equipment being monitored.
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