Sep 5, 2022 | Marine electronics & digitalisation news

Kongsberg Digital (KDI) has launched a maritime digital twin, in collaboration with the service’s first pilot customer Höegh Autoliners.

KDI believes this to be the beginning of a new transformation journey for ship operations. As a developer and vendor of digital twins for the energy sector, KDI is now adding digital twin for maritime to its portfolio. Digital twins allow new ways of working and interacting with data and operational insights. The first areas the maritime twin supports are trim advisory, 3D visualisation of the vessel, and situational awareness around it, including weather conditions. The twin is powered by real-time data from the Vessel Insight data infrastructure and its eco-system of applications.

Andreas Jagtøyen, EVP Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital, said: “The maritime industry is facing huge challenges to meet the new standards for increased transparency and reduced carbon footprint. As a response to this, we have developed a dynamic digital twin that provides a holistic view of the vessel and its surroundings, where data from the vessel is merged with other relevant data sources and presented in one common work surface for operators and shipowners. This will be the first step of enabling advanced integrated workflows in shipping.”

The objective of KDI´s holistic digital twin is to support partners in utilising advanced simulations to troubleshoot operations, make predictions of future performance, and over time, enable condition-based maintenance to reduce cost and operational downtime. The digital twin for maritime will build upon the Kognitwin framework, KDI’s digital twin for the energy market.

Jagtøyen added: “Utilising twin technology on an area of most importance, fuel reduction, is the first step in building a new family of technology and applications, component by component. Furthermore, working towards risk assessment, twin technology can help ship owners and operators understand risk and make better decisions. Among other things, visualisation to understand risk is critical. When you’re assessing the situation of a vessel in the middle of the Atlantic, you must understand the real risk, for example, in the case of severe weather or side waves, and make decisions based on that understanding. Twin technology can achieve that better than any other tool.”

Digital twin technology allows new ways of working with new interaction possibilities and transparency between different stakeholders in the industry. Höegh Autoliners is KDIs partner for the pilot with its car carriers, supported by Delta Marine.

 COO Höegh Autoliners Sebjørn Dahl sai: “We are pleased to partner with Kongsberg Digital on this pilot for digital twin for maritime. Like us, our customers and partners focus on sustainability, electrifying their products, and decarbonizing their supply chains. Our fleet is one of the most environmentally friendly car carriers ever built. The additional insight and more rapid and cost-effective vessel management provided by KDI’s digital twin will supercharge their environmental performance and enable future benefits faster. We already see benefits on trim optimisation, but when we add the data around other facets of vessel operation, along with training and maintenance, we expect further benefits and savings to come thick and fast.”

In the coming months, KDI will reinforce this digital twin for maritime development by adding new components for visualisation and performance.

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