Finning Calls for Accurate Fuel Monitoring Following IMO Announcement

Finning UK & Ireland (Finning), the sole distributor of Cat® engines in the UK, is urging all ship operators to implement accurate monitoring technology to document fuel consumption, following the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) recent announcement that this is now compulsory for all ships weighing 5,000 tons and above.1

In a decision made at the 69th Marine Environment Protection Committee session in the last few weeks, the IMO approved mandatory requirements for larger ships to record and report their fuel consumption for each type of fuel used, in a bid to reduce harmful emissions and improve efficiency.

The collected data will provide evidence of emissions generated from international shipping, offering a starting point for future policies on energy efficiency and acceptable emissions levels.

Eric Hyder, Strategic Account Manager at Finning, explains: “To date, the IMO is the only agency to have adopted energy-efficiency measures that are legally binding across an entire global industry. The announcement that larger shipping vessels must record and report on fuel usage is a welcome step towards mitigating climate change. Therefore, it is important that operators in the industry respond accordingly and consider how this data can be accurately monitored and reported.

“Ship operators should seek a trusted and experienced technology partner to help them reliably measure fuel usage. Our intelligent remote monitoring technology for Cat and MaK engines not only monitors total fuel used, whether by shift, day, week or month, but also measures average fuel burn rate, oil pressure, coolant temperature, engine load, intake manifold temperature, speed and a range of other essential parameters.

“This data offers a valuable insight into how operations can be adapted to improve energy efficiencies, and go on to demonstrate to key stakeholders how improvements are being implemented year-on-year.

“We would encourage all operators to consider this type of technology. Not only is it their responsibility as part of mitigating climate change, but it can improve operational efficiencies too.”

One company that has benefitted from this solution is Solent Towage Ltd, the UK arm of Norwegian marine services company Ostensjo Rederi AS. Since installing remote monitoring technology, the company has been able to measure its fuel consumption and respond to this information, resulting in significant cost savings and reduced emissions.

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1International Maritime Organization, ‘IMO takes further action on climate change’,

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