Eco Marine Power to Supply Fuel Monitoring and Bunker-Saving Solar Solutions to Singapore Shipping Company

Thursday May 18, 2017

Japan-based Eco Marine Power (EMP) today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Singapore-based shipping company to supply its Aquarius Management and Automation (MAS) + Solar solution, including hardware and software to monitor fuel oil consumption in real time and calculate NOx, SOx, and CO2 emissions.

"MAS is a cost effective fuel oil consumption monitoring, alarm handling and data logging platform suitable for a wide range of ships," explained EMP

"The system is based upon the reliable and robust KEI 3240 Data Logger which is already in use on hundreds of vessels including tug boats, training ships, tankers and bulk ore carriers."

Under the agreement, one vessel in the shipping company's fleet will receive the Aquarius MAS + Solar solution, with its performance to be jointly evaluated.

"It is pleasing that after years of research and development that our efforts are gaining further recognition across the shipping sector and that marine solar power is now being viewed as a viable source of emissions-free power on ships," said Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at EMP.

ClassNK-approved UB-50-12 Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries will also be supplied by the Furukawa Battery Company under the agreement. 

EMP notes that this is the first time ever that these batteries have been used for a marine solar power project, adding that the Ultra Battery (UB) series is particularly suited to renewable energy applications on ships.

"This is an important step forward for our company and we are pleased that Eco Marine Power selected our batteries for this important project. Our recently developed Ultra Battery series are safe, reliable and recyclable plus have performance characteristics comparable to lithium-ion batteries," said Yasuhiro Kodaka, General Manager at the Furukawa Battery Company.

Last month, EMP said that, as part of an ongoing strategy to bring renewable energy solutions to the maritime sector, the company, along with its strategic partners, would jointly offer renewable energy products and solutions for offshore applications.