No more logbooks
Engine data is sent from the data logger to the platform, where it is processed by mtu analysts. They can then be used both by the customer and by mtu experts. For Navigazione Laghi, this means that when the hydrofoil gets under way, the company's General Manager on Lake Garda, Franze Piunti, can immediately see if there are any error messages on his mobile phone using the Go Act app. “The use of Go products is a win-win situation for us. We and customers are better informed on the state of usage of their mtu engines. The service app also reduces engine damage and provides faster solutions,” says Stefano Gibelli, Technical Director at mtu Italia.
“In the past, fault messages were entered into the logbook by the skipper, and that's where they stayed. Now we can respond even to a small message and thus avoid major damage or even engine failure,” says Paolo Mazzucchelli, Technical Director at Navigazione Laghi. “We wanted the data link to give us better control over what happens to the boat.” This is understandable when you consider, for example, that an injector takes three hours to replace, and that replacing an entire engine can be a twoweek job. To optimize diagnostics, the platform also contains maintenance schedules and the engine's technical documentation.
The hydrofoil carries up to 160 passengers per day on each of its four routes. The first journey of the day takes us parallel to the western edge of the lake and terminates – a good two hours and ten stops later – in Limone, an area known for its oranges and citrus fruits. But after a mere five-minute break the ship is off again on the next leg of its journey to Riva del Garda in the far north of the lake. The lake here is edged with 2,000-metre-high mountains. The southern shore of this, the largest Italian lake, forms the gateway to the south due to its location in the lowlands of northern Italy. The tight schedule means quite a workload for the two Series 2000 V12 engines which each supply the hydrofoil with anywhere up to 1,080 kilowatts of power. A full ten engine-hours later, the ferry's daily workload draws to a close as its last passengers disembark at the landing stage in Peschiera at 6:55 p.m. and bid farewell to vessel and crew.