Aframax Digital Platform Will Reflect Stress And Fatigue

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The digital platform will receive data on stress and fatigue to yield lifecycle maintenance savings as reported by All About Shipping.

Ship management business

SENSFIBTM Structural Health Monitoring has been chosen by Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering (SHI-ME) for the third in a series of 115,000 DWT AFRAMAX crude oil tanker newbuilds for the Greek ship management business Samos Steamship.

The first two ships in the series, which are scheduled for delivery in Q2 2023 and Q3 2023, already have SENSFIBTM systems installed from Light Structures, the industry leader in fibre optic condition monitoring systems for maritime applications.

Operational safety

The AFRAMAX captains and navigators will be able to take prompt action to lessen the short- and long-term effects of dynamic forces such as whipping, slamming, and shearing while underway thanks to the SENSFIBTM system’s provision of predictive and actionable real-time data on board.

As a data source for SHI-internal ME’s vessel health monitoring platform, AVEDASTM, SENSFIBTM helps optimise asset lifecycle maintenance costs in addition to offering information for operational safety (Automatic Voyage and Engine Data Acquisition System).

Drydock surveys

According to Yoshinori Tagaya, senior engineer, SHI-ME, “The SENSFIBTM system will help to safety in extreme weather and high waves as well as giving long-term data that will help us to verify that these vessels are always structurally sound and working within their design tolerances.”

According to Goetz Vogelmann, Sales Director, Light Structures, “These ships reflect the growing use of stress and fatigue data to unlock real-world lifetime OPEX savings, especially in the context of digital integration and new class notations that accept structural data from condition-based monitoring systems to reduce the number of drydock surveys a vessel must undertake.”

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Source: All About Shipping

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