Digitally integrated Chinese VLGC design gets LR approval

Jiangnan Shipyard has received Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its ‘digital ship design’ for a Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC), the first AiP for a digital VLGC design in China, covering the integrated data acquisition and processing platform and other technologies installed during the construction process. 

In addition to its data capturing capabilities the digital VLGC is also equipped with a ship energy efficiency management system, an intelligent navigation system, and a monitoring system to provide crew on board and personnel on shore with data to make effective operational and maintenance decisions.

The new ship design includes network security considerations for the digital systems, based on a set of precautions developed following a risk assessment.

The design has been granted LR descriptive notes ‘Digital SAFE (AL2)’, ‘Digital MAINTAIN (AL2)’, ‘Digital PERFORM (AL3)’ and ‘Cyber SECURITY’, confirming its compliance with LR’s digital ShipRight procedures.

“Jiangnan hope that developing ‘digital’ Very Large Gas Carrier can continue leading the state-of-art VLGC design and bring benefits to owners and the marine environment,” said Jiangnan shipyard R&D Director, Chen Bing.

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