Connect wirelessly to your fuel consumption!
Spend less. Earn more.
And reduce carbon footprint.
Secure flowmeter readings
A key component for full Onboard Wireless Connectivity (OWC) is the IoT mesh network that makes it easy to collect data, such as flow-meter readings from main and auxiliary engines onboard a vessel. Our system is compatible with your existing Modbus flowmeters.
Data access powered by the cloud and API
Data stored in ScanReach Cloud will also be made available for consumption by third parties or external systems using Application Programming interfaces (API). A complete end-to-end solution. Contact us to build a fully API-based integration with your own UI.
Reduce fuel consumption
Over-consumption of fuel is a challenge. Targeting overconsumption, it is essential to know your consumption at any time!
Get real-time consumption instead of or in addition to your predicted use from historical data.
Until ScanReach developed Onboard Wireless Connectivity (OWC), cabling was required to transfer data in large and complicated steel environments. Our wireless Internet of Things (IoT) platform makes it possible to connect and transport data from sensors to the bridge and onshore.
Export data to .csv and .xls for better reporting and further exploit the economic and environmental opportunities to improve ship fuel efficiency.
Get the fuel consumption information you need.
Why? What? How?
Flowmeters are connected to our wireless mesh network. These provide real-time fuel consumption readings to vessel bridge and onshore fleet operation centre. Spend less. Earn more.
What is ConnectFuel? How does it work?
ConnectFuel is a wireless end-to-end solution providing real-time consumption monitoring and reporting data. We connect to your inline or ultrasonic flow meter with a MODBUS RS485 transmitter through a mesh network of nodes on your vessel. The data is transferred securely through a gateway to the bridge, as well as ashore through cloud services and application programming interfaces (API). Your data can safely be available to your selected platforms and partners.
What value can I expect by installing ConnectFuel?
The value is not isolated to the short-term cost savings when choosing the wireless alternative before conventional methods requiring cabling. You will also get real-time fuel consumption awareness, providing an invaluable tool for desired behavioural change. There is a belief that awareness could easily reduce fuel consumption by 5% or more.
Is there any risk and is it costly to install ConnectFuel?
No. We do not cause any physical adjustments on your asset like when you install cabled solutions. We offer various pricing models to meet our clients’ needs. The mesh network hardware can be bought and then the subscription for the applications added on, or as a yearly subscription based on the number of mesh nodes and flow-meter integrations, starting on 20 nodes. Easy in – easy out!
Do you need to integrate into the onboard automation system?
No. This is a standalone system without any need to integrate into your OEM system.
How can ConnectFuel help increase competitiveness?
You will get up and running swiftly with real-time fuel consumption monitoring swiftly and much less costly than with conventional methods. This will provide you with an advantage compared to competitors not yet having this. The return on investment (ROI) could be as high as 1:10.
The key benefits of going wireless are many. The solution replaces costly cabling. Installation is executed during operation. It gives real-time fuel monitoring for learning, adjusting, and reporting.
What is normal installation time for the mesh network and fuel node?
Depending on the number of nodes to be mounted, scanned, and tested, it typically takes 2-3 hours to install the mesh nodes + 1-2 hours per engine/consumer.
Can the Mesh network help us with other usecases?
Yes, when the Mesh network is installed ScanReach will support a wide range of other useful features to benefit from. The vessel is now ready for the IoT future. Solutions as ConnectPOB, different sensors like temperature, humidity, vibration, and so on.
How is it installed
Fuel meters can be inline or ultrasonic clamp-on. The latter is clamped onto the fuel pipes, and wireless mesh nodes are mounted to suitable bulkheads near electrical sockets. The clamp-on flowmeters do not provide as accurate data as the inline flowmeters.
Both inline and ultrasonic clamp-on flowmeters are connected via MODBUS RS485, communicating through our nodes to the gateway and then to the bridge monitor by scanning the pre-set QR code. The nodes come with an uninterruptible power source to ensure the network will stay live if there is a blackout.
Can I install this on our LTTC fleet?
Yes. The solution is not invasive, you can install the wireless network without affecting their systems, but you will need an internet connection to transfer data to the cloud. You can also remove the solution and install it onto another LTTC vessel within days too, if needed. We believe full transparency of fuel consumption is valuable for our customers, regardless of if the vessel is managed or on time charter.
Will ScanReach push performance systems on my company? Is our fuel data trapped on your database?
No. ScanReach will securely store your fuel data and provide secure access through an industry-standard integration (API) which will be simple for your IT business partner to access. Our solution is to provide real-time fuel data, NOT to tell our customers how to use it. You know your business operational profiles best.
What is the delivery time?
We have a six weeks lead time.
What is the cost?
This depends on your type of ship, number of engines and flowmeter. The installation cost is a lot less than traditional cabling. Please do not hesitate to contact us to get an estimate of what the cost is for your ship.
Can it be installed during operation?
The mesh network can be installed during operation.
Secure Realtime Fuel Monitoring with Onboard Wireless Connectivity
Features for ConnectFuel
Reduce cost / Earn moreInstant fuel monitoring provides increased awareness of fuel consumption. Research shows that increased awareness can have a major impact on vessel operation and fuel consumption.
Low cost / Quick installationConnect to your flowmeter. Easy installation. With guidance, the onboard technician will be able to install the solution within hours. The cost of a wireless mesh network to retrieve fuel consumption data is very low compared to a wired connection between the engines and the bridge.
Reduce emissionIn order to be effective in fuel reduction you need to know your instant fuel consumption. There is a belief that, just by knowing your fuel consumption, you will be able to reduce your fuel consumption by 5%
“If you don´t know your fuel consumption at any time, it is difficult to reduce it”
Depending on the segment, fuel can account for up to 70% of a vessel’s total operating cost. Shipowners, managers, and charterers are therefore looking for ways to reduce fuel consumption to the bare minimum.
Increase competitiveness through knowledge, awareness, and change in behavior.
As a marginal industry, global shipping is increasingly exposed to competition and governed by new regulations that pressure the industry for greener and more transparent operations.
One of the most important measures to reduce fuel consumption and improve vessel performance is to have the bridge and land organisations become more aware of instant fuel consumption. If you don’t know your fuel consumption, it is hard to reduce it through behavioral change.
Instant fuel monitoring
Bringing instant fuel awareness to the bridge and to the land organisation has so far been a difficult and expensive task. Few vessels provide their crew with such access to information in real-time. With the latest advancements in wireless IoT technology developed by ScanReach and flow measurement solutions, fuel consumption can now be measured and transmitted wirelessly in real-time onboard and ashore.
There is a belief in the industry that an instant awareness of fuel consumption can result in a fuel reduction of up to 5%. By installing ConnectFuel you can quickly meet reporting requirements as well as lower consumption at a low cost.
According to statistics, a bulker burns 20-30t/day, out of which 20-25% is burnt for forward thrust (approx 5t/day). BSM & Signol claim that behavioral changes due to exposure to fuel consumption can save up to 5%. With very moderate estimates, let´s say 2,5% instead, it represents a saving of 1t per week (=3t CO2). A ton of fuel is $500, and a ton of emission is $100. With our solution and prices, based on these statistics and reported savings due to behavioral change, our customer should break even after the first month of operation!
Overview of the parameters
|Ship type||Fuel consumption||Auxiliary fuel consumption||Speed||Operation costs||Capital costs||Earnings|
|Panamax||37.7||10 (5-15)||13.8||5 700||2 700||10.000 |
|Handysize||22.2||10 (5-15)||12.7||5 000||2 200||7.500|
(4.000 – 12.000)
|Capesize||55.5||10 (5-15)||13.6||6 700||5 500||12.500|
(5.000 – 20.000)
- Diagram adapted from Notteboom, T. and P. Carriou (2009) “Fuel surcharge practices of container shipping lines: Is it about cost recovery or revenue making?” Proceedings of the 2009 International Association of Maritime economists (IAME) Conference, June, Copenhagen, Denmark. https://transportgeography.org/contents/chapter4/transportation-and-energy/fuel-consumption-containerships/
Wireless connectivity. Get consumption data from your flowmeter.
No business interruption during installation of the mesh network.
in hours. Six weeks delivery time.
Simple terms and low cost
Reduce fuel costs and emissions by knowing your consumption at any time.
Designed to deliver instant situation overview with the user’s goals in mind.
Real-time measurements from the flowmeters become available on board the ships with our onboard wireless connectivity mesh network.
Automated transmission of data to shore for fleet reporting and monitoring through ConnectFleet.
The building block for full Onboard Wireless Connectivity.
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