There are a lot of questions – and misconceptions – about vessel performance reporting in the shipping and maritime industries. The manually produced “noon report” – a daily data sheet prepared by a vessel’s captain – provides the vessel’s position and other relevant standardized data to assess the performance of the ship based on its […]

There are a lot of questions – and misconceptions – about vessel performance reporting in the shipping and maritime industries. The manually produced “noon report” – a daily data sheet prepared by a vessel’s captain – provides the vessel’s position and other relevant standardized data to assess the performance of the ship based on its speed and environmental forces including weather conditions. Like most manual processes, though, these are subjective, time-consuming and prone to human error as well as limited in scope (reporting on a snapshot of only the last 24 hours). Yet many of the business decisions that propel the industry forward are based on noon report data.

The big questions about noon reports

  • Does this make sense in this fast-moving, always dynamic era?
  • Can these reports reflect accurately the performance of a vessel or indicate when a vessel is in need of repair/maintenance?
  • Should key chartering decisions on a vessel’s efficiency be based on an average gleaned from only 24 hours?
  • Can the data reported be trusted (i.e. inaccurate or deliberately false reporting is possible, if not verifiable)?

For shipowners and operators, accurately answering these questions means tapping into the possibilities for real-time data analysis. This is the only way to navigate the uncertain waters of the questions posed above and to optimize operational decisions to fit the increasing number of economic demands and regulations within the industry as well as take advantage of possible environmental incentives.Real-time ocean surface measurements

Real-time technology for real-time efficiency

With new technologies, real-time measurement, automation and data converge to combat the long-held and common misconceptions/objections that have in some cases kept the industry from moving forward at the speed it should:

  • Real-time measurements of the ocean surface are impossible from a moving vessel
  • The accuracy of real-time, moving-vessel measurements isn’t sufficient
  • Real-time monitoring/assessment equipment is either too expensive upfront, too expensive to maintain/calibrate or too complicated to install – or all of the above

Moving past misconceptions: Real-time wave and current monitoring

Miros’s Wavex system delivers the possibility for including real-time ocean surface measurements in noon reports – eliminating human error and misreporting. And it’s much easier than misconceptions would have you believe; within just two or three days, onboard commissioning and testing is complete, and the solution is almost completely maintenance-free without the need for manual calibration.

Adding these measurements to noon reports is only the beginning. Incorporating the technology available and IoT potential, you can use the measurements you gather to save fuel, gain operational and environmental efficiencies, reduce weather damage to cargo and the vessel, boost the accuracy of hull-stress monitoring, get more accurate speed through water measurements, predict more precise ETAs… and user cases we probably have not even envisioned.

Are you grappling with outdated ways of gathering noon report data or with misconceptions about what technology can do for you?  Get in touch (chris.moncrieff@miros-group.com) to have a conversation about how our solution for real-time ocean surface measurement can help you gain operational efficiencies.

 

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