June 1983 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

TIMCO To Market Texaco's Engine Monitoring Program —Free Literature Available

Texaco Development Corporation, the licensing subsidiary of Texaco Inc., has granted a license to market a Texacodeveloped computer program which monitors engine operations and improves the efficiency of ships powered by closed-cycle, steam-turbine plants. Trans-International Marine Services Corporation, Inc. (TIMSCO), headquartered at Mobile, Ala., has been licensed to market the system, called the Texaco Engine-Monitoring Program (TEMP).

The program is designed for use by operating engineers aboard ships to conserve fuel and improve power plant efficiency. It was developed by Texaco with the assistance of TIMSCO.

James A. Cole Jr., vice president in charge of Texaco Inc.'s Marine Department, said: "This energy conservation program can be installed on marine closed-cycle, steamturbine power plants to provide a practical and efficient means of optimizing power plant performance." TIMSCO is currently assisting in the further development and implementation of TEMP on vessels operated by both Texaco Inc. and Texaco Overseas Tankship Ltd. The program has been in operation in the Texaco U.S.-flag fleet for approximately 16 months.

Richard Tremavne, president of TIMSCO, said: "The program has been well accepted by fleet engineers, and has enabled them to monitor their plants more closely and to realize significant fuel savings. The program is also helpful to shoreside personnel for use in the study of overall fleet performance and for the evaluation of various other energy conservation efforts." TEMP is comparable to the traditional sea-trial process which is used to evaluate and fine-tune new ships. In the case of a new ship, a series of heat balances is calculated by the shipbuilder to establish and define an optimum performance for a class of ships under various operating conditions.

When a ship is considered to be ready for evaluation, it is taken to sea and a series of trials is run.

During each trial a large amount of operating data are taken, processed, and compared against anticipated performance data for the previously calculated heat balances.

If the data comparisons are not favorable, efforts are then made to determine the causes, and corrective actions are taken to optimize plant performance.

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