What are the sensors that are installed onboard a vessel for the performance monitoring?
In the majority of cases, installing the following sensors is adequate for accurately monitoring a vessel’s performance:
- A torque meter at the propeller shaft to measure shaft power.
- Coriolis-type mass flowmeters for measuring accurately the fuel oil consumption in propulsion engines, generators, and boilers.
- A speed log for measuring speed through water (standard installation as per SOLAS).
Next, an electronic interface should be implemented to collect and transmit in real time the gathered data in a meaningful format to the head office for further evaluation (telemetry).