July 2014

Bonus Report: LNG

Maximize LNG carrier efficiency through integrated optimization

Officers and engineers aboard an LNG carrier are busy. They require real-time, user-friendly data derived from the vessel’s systems, as well as accurate individual metrics.

When installing a data collection platform onboard new liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, the first step is to gather as much knowledge as possible about onboard operations. The results of this data collection help determine vessel efficiency, which, in turn, assists owners in maximizing ship efficiency and operations. Today’s LNG carriers are amazing feats of engineering (Fig. 1). The ship cargo is extremely dangerous because of its highly flammable properties. Furthermore, the dual-fuel/tri-fuel engines used, as well as the occasional presence of reliquefication plants, make these vessels among the most complex floating engineering projects in the world.    

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