A brand-new innovation from Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) is set to make vessel boiler failure a thing of the past. The device, which has been developed in response to growing demand from the market, will reduce downtime and cut repair costs for customers.
When a boiler fails on board a vessel, it is often the result of incorrect treatment of the boiler water. However, a state-of-the-art device from WSS is now set to revolutionise the reliability and management of boiler water dosing. Rune Nygaard, WSS Business Manager, Water, explains that this digital, cloud-based, automated boiler water dosing solution from WSS is the first of its kind in the shipping market.
“It’s a development we’ve made in response to very clear customer demands,” he comments. “Boiler failure is an ever-present danger, with repair costs often amounting to between USD 80,000 and USD 180,000, and that’s before any related vessel downtime has been taken into consideration.
“Vessel crews do the best they can to test water and maintain predictable operations, but the testing can be unreliable and time consuming and, in some cases, an afterthought when compared to vessel duties that are seen as more ‘core’ to on-going operations.
“This is a risk that ship owners and operators shouldn’t need to take,” adds Rune.
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The device, which has evolved from concept to finished product in just three months, reduces the risk of boiler failure and the need for manual testing by crew, and offers a connectivity that enables on- and offshore data sharing. The solution measures the relevant boiler-water parameters, before communicating this data to the command unit, which then doses the boiler water chemicals. This ensures that the boiler water is always well maintained and fit for purpose.
“The automation further reduces risk by correctly managing the chemical dosage, thus negating human error, while ensuring that crew no longer need to handle these chemicals,” Rune explains.
“Boiler water testing and reliable boiler operation is a key issue for ship owners and managers. we’re proud to bring an innovation to the market that tackles an on-going problem.”
This innovative new solution is yet another example of how WSS is using digital tools to help ship owners and operators predict problems on board their ships and resolve them before they cause unnecessary stoppages and costly repairs.
“The industry as a whole has been talking about the future of the connected ship and how to use big data for years. The future is now for us. The digital platform we’ve developed, which the automated dosing unit uses, is the base on which we’re building the next generation of solutions,” continues Rune.
“Limiting the need for time-consuming, and often inaccurate, boiler water testing by the crew, while reducing the risk of the treatment chemicals being handled incorrectly, the WSS dosing system will greatly reduce the risk of boiler failures,” he says.
SOON READY FOR RELEASE
The WSS automated boiler water dosing solution has been thoroughly tested and will be piloted aboard ten vessels for final refinements. It will soon be ready to be released to market.
“Boiler water testing and reliable boiler operation is a key issue for ship owners and managers worldwide,” Rune concludes. “So, we’re proud to bring an innovation to the market that tackles an on-going problem, giving our customers the confidence they need to focus their time, resources and crew on other areas within this demanding, rewarding industry.”