Rolls-Royce announced the launch of a ‘cloud-based’ fuel consumption and carbon dioxide monitoring module designed to help shipowners meet the European Union’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation.
This regulation, which was entered into force on 1 July 2015, requires ship owners and operators to annually monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions for vessels larger than 5,000 gross tonnage calling at any EU and EFTA (Norway and Iceland) port.
The launch of the new system will help operators comply with the MRV regulation, as off 1 January 2018.
The new tool will collect data from the ship which will be sent automatically from the ship to the ‘cloud’, where information and reports can be accessed and downloaded from anywhere with an internet connection. The software also validates incoming data.
“With shipowners able to constantly track accurate fuel consumption and emissions data via the Rolls-Royce Energy Management web portal, they can reduce fuel costs and mitigate against incompliance and any financial penalties imposed by member states. More accurate data delivers greater costs savings,” Bjørn Kåre Myskja, Rolls-Royce, UX/Developer Engineer, Digital & Systems said.
Except from data collection, the new system will also protect the data collected from possible cyber attacks.
Eivind Vinje, Rolls-Royce, Technical Product Manager – Energy Management, explained that: “System security and integrity has been increased four-fold, with state-of-the-art encryption technologies, a two-step verification process and a 24/7 security centre. We also invited a number of third party cyber security experts to ‘hack’ into the system, but all failed to breach the protocols or find any weak spots.”