Unifeeder opts for digital twin vessel performance solution


Unifeeder A/S is rolling out a remote performance monitoring solution across its fleet. (Image: Unifeeder A/S)Unifeeder A/S is rolling out a remote performance monitoring solution across its fleet. (Image: Unifeeder A/S)



Unifeeder, the Denmark-based charter company, has signed a deal to implement a digital twin-based performance monitoring solution across its fleet in order to reduce its vessels’ fuel consumption and emissions. The solution is being supplied by Netherlands-based marine data analytics company We4Sea.

Michael Bonde, COO of Unifeeder, said: “Unifeeder wants to be an active participant in finding innovative solutions, through different partnerships and by being a business-driven IT organisation. We are working with AI and machine learning platforms to provide significant operational benefits to our customers and minimise the environmental impact.”

Unifeeder and We4Sea have agreed to roll out the monitoring solution across the entire Unifeeder group fleet.

Digital Twin performance analysis

With its Digital Twin technology, We4Sea builds a digital sister vessel with all relevant technical characteristics of the real vessel. We4Sea’s Performance Monitor solution permits digital monitoring of a vessel’s performance in real time. This real-time data is enriched from other sources, such as data on speed, draught, weather conditions, wave heights, currents and wind.

By combining the operational and climatic data with a digital twin model of the vessel, ship operators can focus on increasing fuel efficiency and lowering emissions. The Twin provides shipowners and charterers with improved performance insights.

The solution supports full transparency. Charterers can continuously monitor fuel consumption, carbon and sulphur emissions of their chartered vessels in real-time via an online dashboard.

The Digital Twin transforms this big data pool into actionable management information. As the technology does not require onboard hardware installation, it can introduced quickly and with no loss of availability. It represents an attractive performance monitoring solution for charterers, such as Unifeeder, according to the company.

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