Kongsberg Digital launches a digital twin for the maritime industry

Posted on September 6, 2022 at 12:33 p.m. by

The Maritime Executive

Kongsberg Digital (KDI) is launching a maritime digital twin with Höegh Autoliners as its first pilot customer. This is the start of a new transformation journey for maritime operations.


As a market-leading developer and supplier of digital twins for the energy industry, KDI now adds a digital twin for the marine industry to its portfolio. Digital twins enable new ways of working and interacting with data and operational information. The first areas supported by the maritime twin are trim advisory, 3D visualization of the vessel and situational awareness around it, including weather conditions. The twin is powered by real-time data from the Vessel Insight data infrastructure and its ecosystem of applications.


“The maritime industry is facing enormous challenges to meet new standards of increased transparency and reduced carbon footprint. In response to this, we have developed a dynamic digital twin that provides a holistic view of the vessel and its its surroundings, where vessel data is merged with other relevant data sources and presented in a common work surface for operators and owners.This will be the first step in enabling advanced integrated workflows in the shipping,” says Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President of Digital Ocean at Kongsberg Digital.


The goal of KDI’s holistic digital twin is to help partners use advanced simulations to troubleshoot operations, predict future performance, and over time enable condition-based maintenance to reduce costs and downtime. operational shutdown. The digital twin for the maritime will be based on the Kognitwin® framework, KDI’s digital twin for the energy market.


“Using twin technology in an area of ​​utmost importance, fuel reduction, is the first step in building a new family of technologies and applications, component by component,” says Jagtøyen. “Furthermore, by working on risk assessment, twin technology can help shipowners and operators understand risks and make better decisions. Among other things, visualization to understand risk is essential. When assessing a vessel’s situation in the mid-Atlantic, you need to understand the real risk, such as severe weather or side waves, and make decisions based on that understanding. Twin technology can achieve this better than any other tool.


Digital twin technology enables new ways of working and completely new possibilities for interaction and transparency between different industry stakeholders. Höegh Autoliners is KDI’s pilot partner with its car carriers, backed by Delta Marine.


“We are delighted to partner with Kongsberg Digital on this digital twin pilot for the maritime,” said Sebjørn Dahl, COO of Höegh Autoliners. “Like us, our customers and partners are focused on sustainability, electrifying their products and decarbonizing their supply chains. Our fleet is one of the most environmentally friendly car transporters ever built. The additional information and faster, more cost-effective vessel management provided by KDI’s digital twin will increase their environmental performance and enable future benefits sooner. We are already seeing benefits on trim optimization, but when we add the data on other facets of vessel operations, as well as training and maintenance, we expect other benefits and savings materialize quickly.


In the coming months, KDI will strengthen this digital twin for maritime development by adding new visualization and performance components.

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