Case Study: R/V Point Sur FloScan Reduces Fuel Consumption and Lessens Environmental Impact
Fuel costs are the single largest recurring expense involved in operating a commercial vessel and FloScan is dedicated to providing advanced Fuel Flow Computers that maximize vessel fuel efficiency. This case study details the benefits experienced by installing a FloScan system on the Research Vessel Point Sur which include a 6% improvement in fuel economy. And with accurate fuel-use forecasting, the Chief Engineer has the data which allows him to purchase the precise amount of fuel at the best possible price to make their next port-of-call.
FloScan Fuel Computers have been chosen by operators of a wide range of commercial vessels to assist in reducing operating costs through the monitoring of real–time fuel consumption and by tracking vessel operational data to maintain peak levels of efficiency. FloScan has over 40 years of experience in fuel monitoring systems for marine, civil aviation and industrial generator use and offers vessel operators the most accurate and dependable systems on the water today. Combined with an array of networking and data logging peripherals, FloScan provides the captain and chief engineer with instantaneous and continuous fuel consumption data. The information provided by a FloScan system is the critical link in fine tuning engine, hull and propeller settings to assure the vessel is operating at peak efficiency. It also serves as an early warning system for potential mechanical problems and can further reduce fuel costs by accurately logging fuel burn for use in planning refueling stops in ports offering the most advantageous prices. As part of our continuing commitment to the maritime industry, FloScan will publish case studies of specific installations on a variety of craft that detail the vessel’s specifications, operational parameters, type of FloScan equipment in
use and the experience of the captain and/or chief engineer with the system.
Point Sur Overview:
The Point Sur is a 135’ research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Monterey Bay, California. Although small for a research vessel, she makes up for her lack in size with her versatility, reliability and a determined crew. The Point Sur primarily operates off of the West Coast of the United States as a regional-class vessel in the UNOLS (University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System) fleet. Outfitted with three scientific winches, two deployment frames and two cranes, she can accomplish almost any oceanographic mission. She carries up to 11 scientists with an endurance of 21 days or 3,000 miles of transit between ports before refueling. Affectionately known as the “litter box” the Point Sur’s engine room houses twin 565-hp D379B Caterpillar main propulsion engines and two 175kw 3406 Caterpillar generators. Propulsion comes from two 5 ½ foot diameter Hundstead controllable pitch propellers.