ABS releases environmental management software

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Christopher J. Wiernicki, President and CEO, ABS

ABS, provider of classification services to the marine and offshore industry, has announced the release of a new Energy & Environmental Manager module within asset management software suite, NS5 Enterprise. This module is designed to help owners and operators meet the environmental and operational demands faced by the maritime industry.

Energy efficiency, emission controls and ballast water management regulations are impacting the amount of information an owner or operator is required to capture in their day-to-day operations. At the same time, rising fuel costs and anticipated environmental requirements are forcing owners and operators to find ways to improve efficiencies.  

“One of the biggest challenges facing the marine and offshore industries is how to successfully meet changing environmental regulatory requirements,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS President and CEO. “ABS is systematically combining traditional class services with innovative products and services to support compliance efforts and improve vessel performance.”  

The Energy & Environmental Manager aims to help owners and operators realise more environmentally sound voyage management by tracking and recording key voyage-related events, including fuel and lube oil consumption, fuel oil switching, cargo information and ballast activities.

By simplifying and centralising real-time environmental and energy data collection, the module enables tracking, trending, and reporting of information required for various regulation requirements, including Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans, ballast water management and MARPOL VI (fuel switching). The Energy & Environmental Manager also trends performance data at a ship and fleet level, allowing users to maximise operational efficiencies.

The module includes a trim optimisation tool, adding trim and draft optimisation for improved fuel savings. It performs multiple analyses to obtain optimised ballast configuration and achieve minimum hull resistance.  

Using these two tools, vessel operators can achieve better performance while reducing costs through data collection and analysis, more accurate reporting, demonstrable evidence of regulatory compliance and more efficient and environmentally sound operations.

“Our objective at ABS is to provide a complete approach to ship owners and operators in meeting their operational and regulatory goals,” Wiernicki said.

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