Bridging Design and Operational Data in Maritime: The Digital Twin Project


A new initiative aims to revolutionize the maritime industry by implementing innovative business models through digital twins, creating new revenue streams for shipyards and solution providers while fostering collaborative benefits. This project, led by ClassNK, is set to ensure neutrality and fairness, signaling a breakthrough in design and operational data sharing.

New Business Models and Revenue Streams

The project introduces novel business models to incorporate this innovative approach into commercial agreements. This initiative could generate new revenue streams for shipyards and solution providers, and create mechanisms for sharing benefits among stakeholders. 

Operational Insights and Design Improvements

The partnership explores ways to feedback on operational data to shipyards, providing valuable insights into real-life performance. This information allows naval architects and engineers to enhance future ship designs, closing the loop between design and operation.

Leadership and Vision

Mr. Naoki Mizutani, Executive Vice President for NAPA Studios, emphasized the importance of collaboration as “Our Digital Twin project bridges design and operational data for safer, more efficient, and greener shipping, showcasing new types of partnerships across the value chain.”

Mr. Yoshimichi Sasaki, General Manager of the Digital Transformation Center at ClassNK, highlighted the value of digital twins as “Digital twins offer unparalleled insights into a ship’s design and characteristics, optimizing operations and maintenance while expanding opportunities for innovative technologies”.

Set to start operations in 2025, this project represents a significant step forward in overcoming traditional barriers in the maritime sector. By breaking down data silos and fostering closer collaboration between shipyards and ship owners, the initiative aims to optimize maritime operations and maintenance during a critical period of design and operational complexity.


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Source: ClassNK