INPEX to add performance monitoring systems to new LNG carriers

INPEX Corporation, Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, has agreed a deal to install NAPA’s vessel monitoring software systems on two LNG carriers built to service the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG project, and one LNG carrier for the Prelude LNG project.

The Oceanic Breeze, Pacific Breeze, and Symphonic Breeze, some of the world’s largest MOSS-type LNG carriers, will use the ClassNK-NAPA GREEN system to verify that performance matches the design specifications described by the shipbuilders, as well as for continuous performance monitoring in the future. 

“The propulsion system of an LNG carrier is far more complex than that of any other vessel type, which is why a fundamental understanding of elements including the cargo containment and management systems, as well as the ultra steam turbine is critical to efficiency,” said Akihiko Itoh, Manager of Transportation Group, LNG Trading Unit at INPEX.

“From system configuration to setting KPIs, NAPA’s in-depth LNG knowledge, spanning design, engineering and operations enables us to effectively collaborate with them for transparent fleet performance and voyage reporting that delivers genuine value.”

“ClassNK-NAPA GREEN will effectively give us live sea trial results throughout the vessels’ working lives. This will help us to realise substantial operational savings across our entire fleet through timely evaluation of, and reaction to ship performance, which underpins our ability to provide a consistent, reliable, and efficient supply of LNG in support of Japan’s long-term energy security.”

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