HHI, KSOE and LR sign LNG digital twin partnership

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a digital twin system for a large LNG carrier.

Under the MoU, KSOE and HHI will develop a Hyundai Intelligent Digital Twin Ship (HIDTS) for a type B gas containment tank suitable for a 174,000 CBM LNG carrier, with LR performing the necessary audit, review, risk assessment, verification and validation activities.

LR’s ShipRight Procedure for Digital Compliance will be applied to the HIDTS, including its Digital Twin READY process, certification of KSOE and HHI as Digital Twin Developers, and Digital Twin APPROVED confirmation, which involves verification of the HIDTS.

The classification society will then move to the Digital Twin COMMISSIONED stage, which requires a risk-based resiliency analysis, followed by the Digital Twin LIVE stage, which includes the final validation of the HIDTS.

“The HIDTS solution creates a digital twin environment in a cyber space which is identical to the maritime environment where a vessel is operated and tests the performance of key equipment and facilities of LNG carriers, such as the dual fuel engine, gas supply system, and power and control systems,” said Byoung-Hoon Kwon, Vice President of KSOE.

“Spurred by the development of this HIDTS virtual commissioning solution, we plan to launch the new digital ship management solution that covers artificial intelligence technologies such as asset management, energy optimisation and risk assessment.”

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