In early January 2021, Singapore received its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering vessel from Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), the world’s first smart LNG bunkering vessel. Equipped with Keppel’s proprietary AssetCare Digital Solution, the vessel is based in the Port of Singapore and will supply large ocean-going LNG-fueled vessels throughout the region.
The vessel will continue to be used by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and Keppel to pioneer the application of digital technologies, integrating additional Smart functions into the vessel, which will not only improve the vessel’s performance and efficiency, but also enhance Singapore’s future as a global LNG bunkering hub. Previously, the construction of the bunkering vessel led to innovation in other areas such as the use of smart glasses for remote inspection, which increases yard efficiency while improving workforce safety.
ABS will also class the vessel, which will feature notations for Smart Infrastructure (Smart INF) and Crew Assistance and Augmentation (Smart CAA). These notations will help in enabling remote monitoring and real-time support of vessel operations, as well as predictive maintenance, increasing vessel performance and efficiency.
(Sources: Manifold Times)