Digital Noon Reporting: The first step to working with vessel data and maritime reporting
What is Noon Reporting?
Noon reporting is a crucial practice in maritime operations that involves daily collection and communication of vital information about a vessel’s status, voyage, and performance.
The term “noon” in noon reporting signifies the specific time when this essential maritime ritual takes place – typically at 12:00 PM or noon.
The Chief Engineer on-board with the assistance of a deck officer, compile a comprehensive report that includes key data like vessel coordinates, weather conditions, voyage details, fuel data, cargo specifics, safety updates, crew health, and general remarks.
Digital Noon Report: The power of Automatic Data Collection
The need to improve efficiency, reduce human error, and meet evolving industry standards and regulations drives the transition from manual to automatic data collection.
Digital noon reports offer a robust, error-free foundation for performance metrics, capturing real-time data on weather conditions, engine and equipment statuses.
Example of data collected in noon reports:
- Name, voyage number, date, and time of the report.
- Ship’s position (AIS).
- Average speed since the last noon report.
- Propeller revolutions since the last noon report.
- Average RPM of the engines.
- Wind direction and strength
- General sea and swell conditions when preparing the noon report
- Distance from the next destination port
- Estimated time of arrival (ETA) at the next port of call.
- Remaining Onboard Chart (ROB) – a record racking fuel oil, lube oil, and water levels on the ship
Unlike manual data collection, which can be prone to inaccuracies and limitations, digital logging provides accurate and comprehensive data sets, making it easier to assess and verify the impact of operational changes on a vessel’s performance.
RINA CASE: Manual vs Automatic Noon Reporting
As a third party of a reblading intervention on a ferry, we conducted a performance analysis. To collect the data, we installed the automatic data acquisition system and simultaneously the deck officers continued to manually report inside the standard vessel noon reporting system.
Picture: Noon reports versus automatic data acquisition results
The left picture shows manually collected data results, while the right picture shows results from data collected automatically on board.
With manual noon report data, assessing the gain of the intervention seems almost impossible, whereas data collected automatically confirms overall improvement of the hydrodynamic efficiency.
Digital noon reports offer superior credibility for shipping operations by leveraging AIS technology to gather real-time sensor data and integrate it with weather reports, resulting in more reliable performance indicators.
They outperform traditional noon reports in the following ways:
- High-frequency sampling
- Access to a more extensive dataset
- Swift, automated data collection with instantaneous reporting for predictive maintenance
Vessel Reporting Innovation
Automation offers a robust solution, replacing manual data collection with precise and comprehensive datasets that drive operational optimization and environmental performance.
As we witness the positive impact of automation on noon reporting, it should prompt us to consider how other aspects of maritime operations might benefit from technology.