NYK partners with ABS and WinGD on digital modelling for energy optimisation

Japanese shipping company NYK has partnered with class society ABS and engine manufacturer WinGD to launch a modelling and simulation project to evaluate the impact of new technologies on Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) design.

The joint development project (JDP) will build a detailed digital model of a vessel’s hybrid propulsion and electrical generation and distribution system to allow high fidelity simulation of the potential for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and optimisation of the vessel’s propulsion and electrical plant.

Understanding of the vessel’s real-world sea-keeping performance will be developed through simulations utilising meteorological data to recreate a range of conditions experienced at sea, the partners said.

“Further potential GHG reduction by the well-integrated combination of the two-stroke engine and battery is expected once a design for actual sea conditions is implemented,” said Tetsuya Kakinuma, Deputy Manager Ship Planning Team, NYK.

“Virtual application of such new system prior to decision-making will accelerate advances in vessel energy efficiency, which is greatly needed for the transition to clean but low energy density fuel.”

The JDP will see NYK provide vessel data to its in-house research and development arm MTI (Monohakobi Technology Institute), which will be used to create a model of hull hydrodynamics, as well as propeller and machinery models.

WinGD will provide a machinery model and ABS will provide technical expertise and guidance, including verification of the modelling and simulation in accordance with a framework to be developed by the class society.

“As the complexity of ship systems increases, the importance of simulation in the early stage increases more and more. This JDP is a milestone project for us in that the user of such systems gets involved in the design stage and pursues higher energy efficiency by utilising integrated simulation technology,” said Ryo Kakuta, Simulation Team Manager, MTI.

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