When a large cruise ship operator was looking for a system that had the ability to contribute to fuel consumption savings by determining certain operating conditions on board its cruise ships, in effect providing guidance to the onboard crew, Olympus Marine’s VOP platform was one of three final candidates to be chosen for a partial fleet deployment.
The system had to comply with a very specific set of connectivity rules and conditions, including relaying data to the customer’s own, already existing, fleet-wide data pool system. To establish a trial, Olympus Marine provided its own hardware to be fitted onboard. In conjunction with the electrical onboarding Olympus’ team was also commissioned to install and calibrate sensors which were an extension of the test package.
Once OMG’s development team started analyzing the vessel’s performance and investigating ship-wide conditions evidence of non-compliance started becoming evident. Events that seemed cyclical and the deviation between performance and guidance that the VOP system was providing in real-time to the bridge, uncovered a very serious issue; discrepancies in performance and the calculations that the vessel’s loading computer was inaccurately performing. The Customer took immediate action to correct the loading computer models and calculations. This analysis and its results allowed the customer to save time, energy and raise its profits. It was no surprise when it was impressed by the analysis OMG’s team was able to draw with the VOP platform into its traditional operation, that decided to award a contract to fit the system onboard a third of its fleet in order to increase visibility into its operations and to fully evaluate and reap benefits from the savings the system was able to substantiate.
Additional methods and models have been added to the VOP ever since its origin. These evolutions came about in order to increase the value of the platform for each and every Olympus Marine Group Customer.