Gas carrier operator NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML) will be the first to install Shell’s patented draught and trim optimisation software across its fleet
NSML has started to roll out Shell’s Just Add Water System (JAWS) software on its fleet of 11 LNG carriers used to transport gas from west Africa around the world.
Kongsberg Maritime won the contract to distribute JAWS using its information management system (K-IMS) within the gas tanker fleet. It said K-IMS and JAWS will become core elements of NSML’s digitalisation and cyber security strategies.
JAWS software uses high-frequency vessel data from previous voyages to determine optimal operating conditions and advise operators to enhance a vessel’s draught and trim at any given speed, as a means of reducing fuel consumption and lowering emissions.
JAWS also monitors and reports live fuel and emissions information to provide onshore managers with real-time insight of the cost-saving benefits.
K-IMS integrates data-logging and communication channels into one secure system to provide comprehensive information flow through a common platform, with access to owners, charterers and third parties.
Kongsberg Maritime sales manager Vegar Løver said K-IMS was established in the gas carrier sector with around 300 LNG carriers using this management system. “By working together with Shell on JAWS, we have added a new layer of trust and strengthened customer relations relating to Kongsberg’s regular product portfolio,” Mr Løver said.
“K-IMS has created a foundation for rolling out JAWS and the solution has provided the basis for NSML to move forward with both digitalisation and cyber security,” he said.
K-IMS is a suite of specialised applications hosted on Kongsberg’s Kognifai open digital ecosystem designed to allow continuous access to data, both on board ships and ashore, in an interactive, web-based platform.
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