We are extremely pleased that one of the UK’s largest port operators Forth Ports uses Marfle Fleet Analytics in their marine fleet. The Edinburgh head quartered group operates eight ports across the UK including Tilbury located down on the Thames, it also owns a fleet of tugboats and pilot cutters. Recently, the company also acquired another tugboat fleet owner Targe Towing and strengthened its fleet in the UK.
Here, Theo Currie who is the marine services resource manager at Forth Ports shares his thoughts about Marfle system:
“The data insight that Marfle offers, supports our vision of a sustainable marine operation. Marfle is giving us insight into our operational data, that was never before captured.”
The first installation was carried out on the Forth Puma which is a pilot cutter that actively works up and down the Forth Estuary which include ports like Leith, Scotland's largest enclosed deep water port. The vessel itself is equipped with two DI 16 Scania engines, this made for an easy install.
One thing we have learned with covid restrictions is the installations can be done smoothly by our customers' own people or a local marine electrician. In Forth Puma's case, installation was carried out by Forth Ports' themselves. Marfle engineers provided all the necessary support and installation guidance from the office in Helsinki.
The next installation is planned to be performed on their newest tugboat the Inchcolm. This time the vessel is equipped with two CAT 3512 engines producing in excess of 3800KW. We have extensive experience with CAT, Scania and other engines especially in tugboats and pilot vessels. Marfle Fleet Analytics is compatible with different engine manufacturers and users can access the insights from different vessels on a single portal.
The main reason for Forth Ports choosing Marfle Fleet Analytics is the system's advanced capabilities in terms of fuel efficiency. The system provides analytics with average fuel consumptions for each speed, RPM and engine load level and visualizes the data in a simple user interface. Different vessels' performance can be compared easily.
Insights on fuel economy is the top reason why Forth Ports uses Marfle Fleet Analytics.
Those advanced analytics allow users to set optimal ranges for their operations, allowing them to provide feedback to skippers in order to reduce fuel consumptions. Theoretically, it is possible to reduce fuel consumptions by up to 20% which ties into the Forth Ports Marine Departments ISO 14001 environmental management system or EMS.
Engineers can also leverage the data analytics for preventative maintenance and it can also be used as part of the skills development of marine trainees.
Installations with Forth Ports' vessels will continue in the upcoming weeks. For more information, you can book a demo meeting with our team.