BW LNG has formed a partnership with digitalisation solution providers to enhance efficiencies and reduce the environmental footprint of LNG carriers
It has signed a strategic agreement with Kongsberg Digital and Alpha Ori Technologies to deploy digitalisation technologies on gas carriers and floating storage and regasification units (FRSUs).
Multiple projects will be part this partnership, including implementing a common data management platform and developing digital models. Together they intend to develop maritime digital twins and digital processing models to facilitate operational improvements on BW LNG’s maritime and offshore assets.
BW LNG will use Kongsberg Digital’s data infrastructure Vessel Insight, and Alpha Ori’s SmartShip digital applications combined with BW’s operational expertise and assets for piloting a maritime digital twin and a real-time decision support system.
BW LNG head of IT and digitalisation Harald Martin Myhre said this accelerates development of technologies needed for future-ready LNG carriers and FSRUs.
“BW LNG is excited to further strengthen our relationship with Kongsberg and Alpha Ori through this partnership,” he said. “We are confident these digitalisation initiatives will help close the information gap between ship and shore and empower us to be more data-driven in our decision making.”
Mr Myhre said, “By supplementing our extensive operational experience with well-managed data and algorithms we can create more value for all our stakeholders – increasing the safety of operations, reducing emissions to the environment, and reducing operating costs for our customers.”
A pilot project was established to develop and test a maritime digital twin for BW Magna FSRU, utilising Vessel Insight, Kongsberg’s Kognifai digital platform and maritime simulators, and Alpha Ori’s applications.
BW LNG said this pilot will illustrate the benefits of digitalisation for the industry in reducing emissions and operational expenditure, while increasing safety.
“The goal of this partnership is to lead the way in the industry through reducing emissions and proving operational excellence through digitalisation,” said Kongsberg Digital president Hege Skryseth. “We are looking forward to developing the world’s first comprehensive maritime digital twin, leveraging our digital twin expertise, data infrastructure, digital platform and our maritime simulators.”
Alongside the pilot project, Alpha Ori and Kongsberg Digital have agreed to enable the integration of Vessel Insight with Alpha Ori applications and the common offering of such integrated services.
“We are excited to bring the power of cutting-edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, through our digital applications to LNG end-users and beyond,” said Alpha Ori co-chief executive Rajesh Unni.
“Our customers have seen outstanding results through digitalisation in improving fleet operational efficiencies, fuel savings and decarbonisation,” he said.
“We strongly believe in partnerships and in building synergies, thereby creating enhanced value to the asset owners. The coming together of BW LNG, Kongsberg Digital and Alpha Ori will set a leading example of what can be achieved by collaborating with the right partners.”
This is the second technology partnership BW Group has set up this year as it has begun working with radar technology developer Miros to launch Miros Mocean, a joint venture to provide the shipping industry with vessel performance optimisation information.
They are combining BW’s maritime expertise with Miros radar technology to provide accurate data of the operating conditions of a vessel. The two companies expect this application of radar to help to overcome the performance inefficiencies of the shipping industry by providing reliable information in actual operating conditions, such as the vessel’s speed and performance during different weather and sea states.
In 2020, Classification society DNV GL and Alpha Ori agreed to work together to further maritime industry digitalisation. They will share data and create standards to build new products and services.
Vessel performance optimisation and technologies for reducing emissions will be discussed during Riviera’s series of virtual conferences and webinars during 2021 - use this link to access more details and register for these events