Tuna Clipper Saves 80,000 Gallons Of Fuel On One Trip—Literature Available

Harold Medina, a highly respected tuna fleet captain and manager of the Ocean Pearl, owned by Interocean Systems of San Diego, Calif., returned from a recent 24,000-mile trip with a fuel savings of 80,000 gallons, according to Avicon Corporation, Scottsdale, Ariz.

This is one of many documented cases where Avicon's Fuel-Efficiency Monitor 205 has saved up to 30 percent in fuel consumption.

Avicon is now offering free literature detailing the potential fuel savings which vessel owners can realize with the Avicon system.

Captain Medina found that when using the Avicon system on the 225-foot tuna clipper, its 3,600-hp diesel engine consumed about 3,000 gallons of fuel a day when underway, rather than 4,000 gallons of fuel a day, without the system. On this particular trip from San Diego to South America, Hawaii, New Guinea and back home, the Ocean Pearl—which carries 1,100 tons of fish—consumed a total of 230,000 gallons of fuel. The reported savings of 80,000 gallons of fuel, therefore, when compared with similar conditions on previous voyages without the Avicon system, is substantial.

Avicon's fuel management system helps the operator select the most efficient RPM for running and fuel consumption by monitoring conditions such as load, trim and weather. The Monitor 205 consists of sensors and a microprocessor display unit which provides digital information on fuel-flow, speed through the water, RPMs, propeller slip, and time and distance to waypoint. After initial keyboard programming, the monitor system presents all the data needed for evaluating performance and for setting up fuel saving procedures.

Avicon also provides a Monitor 105 system for measurement of critical engine temperature and other operating data. The Avicon Sonilog Doppler Speed Log, which is an integral part of the Monitor 205 system, is also available as a separate unit, providing accurate measurement of speed through the water, close to the hull.

For more information on how the Avicon Monitor 205 can save fuel, and for more information on other Avicon marine engine management systems, Write 16 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 74,  Aug 1983

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