The three companies have signed a strategic partnership agreement to maximise digital capabilities that can enhance efficiency and reduce the environmental footprint of LNG carriers (LNGCs) and floating storage and regasification units (FRSUs). The agreement will kick off several projects, including utilising a common data management platform, developing a maritime digital twin, and constructing digital processing models to facilitate operational excellence.
Kongsberg Digital, BW LNG, and Alpha Ori Technologies have signed a strategic digitalisation partnership to advance technologies needed for future-ready LNG carriers and FSRUs. The partnership will leverage Kongsberg Digital’s data infrastructure technology, Vessel Insight, Alpha Ori’s SMARTShipTMdigital applications, and BW’s operational expertise as well as its assets to pilot a maritime digital twin and a real-time decision support system.
“We are very pleased to announce this strategic partnership with two maritime strongholds, digital and industrial. The goal of this partnership is to lead the way in the industry through reducing emissions and proving operational excellence through digitalization. Kongsberg Digital is also looking forward to developing the world’s first comprehensive maritime digital twin, leveraging our digital twin expertise, data infrastructure, Vessel Insight, our digital platform Kognifai, and our maritime simulators,” says Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital and EVP KONGSBERG.
“BW LNG is excited to further strengthen our relationship with Kongsberg and Alpha Ori through this partnership. We are confident these digitalisation initiatives will help close the information gap between ship and shore and empower us to make data-driven decisions. By supplementing our extensive operational experience with well-managed data and algorithms, we can create even more value for our stakeholders, including improving operational safety, reducing carbon emissions, and lowering operating costs for our customers,” says Harald Martin Myhre, Head of IT and Digitalisation at BW LNG.
“Alpha Ori is excited to bring the power of cutting-edge technologies (i.e.) artificial intelligence and machine learning) through our digital applications to the LNG end users and beyond. Our customers have seen outstanding results through digitalization in improving fleet operational efficiencies, fuel savings and decarbonisation. 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 surely set a path-breaking example of what can be achieved by collaborating with the right partners,” says Rajesh Unni, Co-CEO Alpha Ori Technologies.
Maritime Digital Twin
The partners have set up a pilot project to develop and test a maritime digital twin, with the goal of promoting operational excellence, reducing emissions and costs, and improving safety. The maritime digital twin will be developed for the BW Magna FSRU, utilising the Vessel Insight data infrastructure, the Kognifai digital platform, maritime simulators from Kongsberg Digital, and value-adding expert applications from Alpha Ori. The pilot strives to illustrate the benefits of digitalisation for the industry.
Vessel Insight infrastructure, AlphaOri applications
Alongside the pilot project, Alpha Ori and Kongsberg Digital have agreed to integrate Vessel Insight with Alpha Ori applications and offer the integrated services jointly to customers worldwide. This collaboration means that customers of Vessel Insight will get full access to all Alpha Ori applications. Alpha Ori will continue developing excellent, user-centric applications while Kongsberg Digital enables access to complete, contextualised data from vessels.
The partners will start working on the aforementioned projects immediately.
Kongsberg Digital, a subsidiary of KONGSBERG, is a provider of next-generation software and digital solutions, to customers within maritime, oil and gas, and renewables and utilities. The company consists of more than 500 software experts with leading competence within the internet of things, smart data, artificial intelligence, maritime simulation, automation and autonomous operations. Kongsberg Digital is the group-wide center of digital expertise for the KONGSBERG group. www.kongsbergdigital.com
KONGSBERG (OSE-ticker: KOG) is an international, leading global technology corporation delivering mission-critical systems and solutions with extreme performance for customers that operate under extremely challenging conditions. We work with nations, businesses and research environments to push the boundaries of technology development in industries such as space, offshore and energy, merchant marine, defence and aerospace, and more. KONGSBERG has about 11,000 employees located in more than 40 countries, creating a total revenue of NOK 25.6bn in 2020.
BW LNG creates floating solutions for LNG to support progress to a low carbon society. Today, we own and operate a fleet of 30 LNG carriers and Floating Storage and Regasification Units from our offices in Oslo, Singapore, Beijing, Manila, Mumbai, Rio, and Houston. We are constantly looking for new solutions to serve our customers and our society while striving for Zero Harm to people and the environment.
BW LNG is a part of BW Group, a leading global maritime company involved in shipping, floating infrastructure, deepwater oil & gas production, and new sustainable technologies. Founded in 1955 by Sir YK Pao, BW controls a fleet of over 420 vessels transporting oil, gas and dry commodities, with its 190 LNG and LPG ships constituting the largest gas fleet in the world. In the renewables space, the group has investments in solar, wind, batteries, biofuels, and water treatment.
Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) is a B2B Technology company headquartered in Singapore with overseas product development offices in India and the United States. Alpha Ori’s vision is to digitally enable all floating enterprises with cutting edge technologies – IoT, Machine Learning and Cloud-based Big Data science – to drive remote operations, enhance operational efficiency and achieve the highest levels of safety on board ships. Alpha ori’s SMARTShipTM digital platform with AI enabled applications is a highly successful product in the shipping industry and is known for enabling fuel savings, predictive maintenance, hull efficiency etc.
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