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FLOSCAN CASE STUDY
Fuel Conservation Research in the New England Groundfish Fishery
“From our experience every commercial vessel should be equipped with a FloScan system. The economics are undeniable, the time it takes to recoup the cost of the unit in fuel savings is short and the savings are continuous.”
—Steve Eayrs, GEARNET
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Introduction:

FloScan Fuel Computers have been chosen by operators of a wide range of vessels to assist in reducing operating costs through the monitoring of real-time fuel consumption and to record and track vessel operational data to maintain peak levels of efficiency. FloScan systems have proven to be reliable, accurate and compatible with advanced software applications that they are also being used by research scientists in a wide variety of imaginative ways that even surprised our technical staff. The following case study is not based on a single vessel application, but rather provides an overview of some of the projects undertaken researchers in New England, including GEARNET, a collaborative research group working in a cooperative manner with commercial fishermen to identify ways to reduce operating costs through fuel savings and more efficient trawl gear.

FloScan has over 40 years of experience in designing and manufacturing cutting edge fuel monitoring systems for marine, civil aviation and industrial generator applications. Our proven gas and diesel engine fuel sensors offer vessel operators the most accurate and dependable flow monitoring available on the water today. Combined with a FloNET network hub the sensors can be linked to an array of onboard electronics for instantaneous and continuous fuel consumption data and to a computer running

FloScan DataLog software, which records and archives vessel GPS and engine fuel consumption data at one-minute intervals. These advanced functions are compatible with a variety of mission objectives like vessel and fleet management and, as you will see here, scientific experimentation.

virtual helm at GMRI

This fishing vessel virtual helm at GMRI is used to explain the relationship between vessel, gear and economic concerns like fuel consumption to people unfamiliar with the process. The real work takes place in the labs and on the open ocean on the actual fishing vessels that work collaboratively with GEARNET researchers.

 
 
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