Every ship contains a wealth of information. C-Job has devised a way to utilize this knowledge and turn it into actionable actions for ship owners. Operational profile analysis allows a shipowner to make decisions on combined knowledge rather than just on assumptions. The results range from optimized designs to reduced costs to improved key performance indicators.

Why perform operational profile analysis?

Operational profile analysis can benefit shipowners in several situations. With new-build vessels, it is important to know certain aspects upfront. Rather than making assumptions, operational profile analysis provides genuine insights. This in turn will support the shipowner to answer questions about their design. This can range from the size of the vessel to how much budget should be allocated for mission equipment.

Operational profile analysis is also valuable for existing vessels. For example, if a ship-owner wants to reduce the fuel consumption of a vessel, C-Job can use operational profile analysis to determine if the vessel’s design speed and operational speed are mismatched. If this is the case, a variety of options can be investigated to remedy the situation:

  • Perform a Computational Fluid Dynamics study to see if hull modifications would improve sailing efficiency
  • Install a more energy-efficient engine to ensure delivery of enough energy to sail at the design speed
  • Install a new propeller – one that matches the design speed
  • Identify the most energy-efficient speed – maybe this means slow sailing

Operational profile analysis does not have to be limited to a single ship. It can also look at the performance between vessels in a fleet and suggest how vessels can be improved to hit key performance indicators.

“Operational profile analysis provides a means to validate the assumptions made at the beginning of the design process.”
- Roy de Winter, Data Scientist
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Data

The information used in operational profile analysis comes from a myriad of sources. Every ship in itself contains a wealth of information that can provide a foundation for the operational profile analysis. In addition, C-Job uses data sources such as automatic identification system (AIS) data, weather data, wave data, and historical data available from vessels with a similar (intended) operational profile. C-Job naval architects will work together with our in-house Data Scientist Roy de Winter on extracting the most relevant information for the questions at hand. The client can then find the results in the C-Job operational profile analysis tool and get insights from the naval architect on the project.