AT Ocean Detects & Avoids a £40,000 Engine Rebuild

AT Ocean Detects & Avoids a £40,000 Engine Rebuild

AT Ocean Detects & Avoids a £40,000 Engine Rebuild

Applied Telematics AT Ocean marine telemetry solution detected and avoided a £40,000 engine rebuild and two weeks £14000 lost income.

Research has consistently shown telematics reduce costs and optimise vessel performance and efficiency. The example below means your original annual investment in telemetry would be recovered within the first year.

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This leading-edge technology established for many years in the land transport sector has been  proven to drive down vessel fleet costs, improve efficiencies, reduce emissions and unplanned breakdowns and improve the safety culture of your company.

Gardline part of the Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. engineering department utilising the AT Ocean telemetry solution data initially noticed increased fuel consumption on one of their twin engine work boats servicing the offshore renewables sector warranting further investigation.

In real near time the onshore engineering department reviewed the boost pressures data on both engines clearly identifying a substantial lower boost pressure on the port engine (0.84 vs 1.17)  indicating either a boost leak or turbo fault – see graph.

AT Ocean Detects & Avoids a £40,000 Engine Rebuild
AT Ocean Detects & Avoids a £40,000 Engine Rebuild

How Applied Telematics Helped

Recognising the risk to the crew and vessel as it was deployed, engineering contacted the vessel where it was confirmed the crew were unaware of the issue however reported the vessel as “sluggish”.   The vessel was ordered to return to port solely on its starboard engine to avoid further damage.

The subsequent physical inspection discovered that the inducer wheel tips on the port turbo had fractured and broken up.  This prompt action alerted by AT Ocean telemetry enabled the repair to be carried out thus avoiding a new turbo at a replacement cost of £40K or worse a complete engine rebuild leading to several weeks lost income valued at £14000.

In Summary and Going Forward

David Coull, Engineering Supervisor, stated AT Ocean alerts “Was invaluable in this instance as the turbo could have failed completely resulting in an expensive engine replacement including the down time to repair”.

Expensive unplanned breakdowns can be substantially reduced through utilising AT Oceans telemetry and be part of a company’s maintenance program to control their fleet costs effectively.

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Published On: August 31, 2021

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