Samsung has unveiled a smart newbuild tanker technology to effectively monitor the performance of ships.
The technology came into focus following an agreement between shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries and a smart shipping technology specialist.
Implemented in large carriers:
Samsung will incorporate BMT Group’s smart ship performance monitoring on four very large crude carriers being built for an unnamed Greek owner and seven other tankers, including Suezmax and Aframax ships, it has under construction for Norwegian and Singaporean owners.
BMT to provide monitoring solution:
BMT Smart will provide Samsung with its modular vessel performance monitoring solution, Smart Vessel. This collects analogue and serial data feeds before transferring this information to BMT’s cloud-based performance monitoring solution, SmartFleet. BMT’s own experts will then interpret the data to determine true underlying performance of the vessels. BMT is also providing shaft power torque meters to these vessels.
Samsung to invest in more services:
Samsung is investing in smart shipping technology and services to provide additional solutions to its South Korean newbuildings. In September, it agreed to install Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress satellite communications hardware on vessels it is building to enable shipowners to leverage smart ship connectivity. The shipbuilder’s Smart Ship service enable owners to enhance efficiency by harvesting data from hull and equipment sensors on board in real-time. This data will use Inmarsat’s dedicated bandwidth for certified application providers to be transferred to shore.
Shuttle tanker launched:
Samsung recently delivered the newest shuttle tanker, the first of a series of three, to Teekay Offshore. Beothuk Spirit has a suite of sophisticated bridge and smart ship features for shuttling crude from offshore oilfields on the Grand Banks of Eastern Canada to nearby terminals. This vessel was a runner-up in Marine Electronics & Communications’ Ship of the Year 2017 and details can be found in the latest issue.
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Source: Marine Electronics & Communications