ABS and Keppel Offshore & Marine continue their smart collaboration now integrating Smart functions into the world’s first smart LNG bunkering vessel, FueLNG Bellina.
FueLNG Bellina has been built in Keppel O&M’s Nantong shipyard, and is the second LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) and fifth dual-fuel vessel delivered by Keppel O&M. The vessel will be Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel, will be based in the Port of Singapore and will supply large ocean-going LNG-fueled vessels throughout the region.
ABS will class the vessel and will feature notations for Smart Infrastructure (Smart INF) and Crew Assistance and Augmentation (Smart CAA). Obtaining these notations form an integral part of the digital tools tailored by AssetCare to support FueLNG in enabling remote monitoring and real-time support of vessel operations, as well as predictive maintenance, which increases the vessel performance and efficiency.
Moreover, this digital innovation has also provided the vessel with the use of Smart glasses for remote inspection, which increase yard efficiency while improving workforce safety throughout the inspection process especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Concerning the vessel, Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology added that the smart vessel is a milestone in the technological development of the industry.
Saunak Rai, FueLNG General Manager commented that
With this industry’s first smart LNG bunkering vessel, FueLNG Bellina enhances our value offering to global customers as we provide safe, cost-efficient and reliable LNG bunkering solutions. The vessel’s digital tools, such as AssetCare, not only improve vessel performance and maintenance but also enable the end-to-end digitalization of the bunkering process which enhances efficiency, reliability, and convenience for customers.