Vancouver: The latest version of the automatic draught indicator system (ADIS) developed by Canada’s Weir-Jones Engineering interfaces with handheld devices making it more cost effective to operate and update.
Like previous versions of ADIS, the new system helps the Captain optimize a vessel’s trim, improving fuel efficiency by as much as 5%, and reduce CO2 emissions. This is done by collecting and displaying trim data in real-time, maintaining records of draught readings, and optionally integrating this information with a ballast control system.
The new technology enables users to view graphical and numerical data on cellular phones and tablets from remote locations – rather than just from the bridge of a ship – simplifying loading and ballasting operations.
ADIS was developed in 1995 by Weir-Jones Engineering with the assistance of the British Columbia Ferry Corporation.
“We believe that this is an indispensable tool for all marine vessels,” says the firm’s founder and president, Dr Iain Weir-Jones.
“In the event of the South Korean ferry disaster we believe that many ferry organizations will see this as part of a solution to maintaining proper draught reading and records, together with the ability to provide highly accurate real time information to a number of interested parties, such as operations, managers and owners,” he adds.
The company is also involved in plenty of other maritime initiatives including measuring propulsion performance, monitoring ship’s performance, monitoring steering gear performance, structural integrity monitoring systems and hull monitoring systems. It has also developed proprietary systems for real-time wave height automated monitoring and vessel hull condition monitoring.
Weir-Jones Engineering was founded in 1971. [02/06/14]