Keppel Offshore & Marine has announced class approval for what it is calling the world’s first ‘smart’ LNG bunkering vessel, FueLNG Bellina, following the award of notations for Smart Infrastructure (Smart INF) and Crew Assistance and Augmentation (Smart CAA) by classification society ABS.
The 7,500-cubic-metre LNG bunkering vessel will be owned and operated by FueLNG Pte Ltd and will supply large ocean-going LNG-fuelled vessels as Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel.
The vessel is equipped with Keppel O&M’s AssetCare Digital Solution, used to enable remote monitoring and real-time support of vessel operations, as well as predictive maintenance, to manage performance efficiency.
A range of ‘smart’ tools were also used in the construction and commissioning process, such as the Smart Glasses for remote inspections employed during COVID-19 restrictions.
“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,” said Saunak Rai, FueLNG General Manager.
“The vessel’s digital tools, such as AssetCare, not only improve vessel performance and maintenance but also enable the end-to-end digitalisation of the bunkering process, which enhances efficiency, reliability, and convenience for customers.”