ABS, Capital Ship Management Corp. improve propulsion shaft monitoring with ABS Smart Bearing™ solution
ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, and Capital Ship Management Corp. (“Capital”), a distinguished ship management company, have collaborated to install an advanced condition monitoring system on the propulsion shafting of the Capital managed vessel M/T Agisilaos, a 36,700 dwt, Ice Class 1A IMO II/III Chemical/Product Tanker, built in 2006.
The ABS Smart Bearing™ solution uses non-destructive testing sensors installed on the bearing pedestal and housing to measure and display the force exerted by the main propulsion shafting system onto the bearings, effectively converting the pedestal into a permanently installed weighing machine.
The ABS Smart Bearing™ provides the earliest possible indication of a potential shaft misalignment, such as an overloaded or under loaded bearing, or an excessive misalignment angle of the shaft inside the bearing. Because sensor data delivery is immediate, the ABS solution has the potential to deliver considerable benefits in shaft integrity monitoring by eliminating the need for shaft re-alignment checks.
This ABS research project, which is supported by the National Technical University of Athens and Metrisis Ltd., will continue with further development of the sensor compactness and connectivity with the engine control room.
Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.
About Capital Ship Management Corp.
Capital Ship Management Corp. is a distinguished ship management company offering comprehensive services in every aspect of ship management, currently operating a fleet of 60 vessels with a total dwt of 5.94 million tons approx. The fleet under management includes the vessels of Nasdaq-listed Capital Product Partners L.P.