Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) President and CEO Junichiro Ikeda on Thursday (24 February) said it has signed a contract with the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology (MPAT), National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) on joint research related to a digital twin model development of vessels’ main engine.
In this venture, MOL and NMRI agreed to jointly develop and verify the digital twin model of two-cycle main diesel engine by using operational data collected from MOL-operated vessels in service, with the goal of enabling visualization of the main engine’s operational status.
The research aims to create a visual twin model that would identify and quantify the status of the main engine (amount of scavenging air, exhaust gas heat, etc.), which is difficult to grasp during ship operation and to increase the accuracy of estimates for the engine’s operating state and degree of degradation over time.
The project contributes to the establishment of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) while improving the accuracy of diagnosis technology for the engine failure state.
Furthermore, it allows observers to more accurately grasp the main engine’s performance during its transient state in adverse weather conditions, leading to optimal and safe engine operation, such as prevention of torque-rich conditions and suppression of torque variation.
Photo credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines
Published: 28 February, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and MPA is working closely with other agencies to monitor the situation, both globally and in Singapore, the port authority tells Manifold Times.
Caroline Yang, President of SSA, addresses issues earlier raised by players; including PMC No. 04, the seven-day restriction, contactless bunkering, sampling point, hose connection, and more.
IBIA Asia, ABIS, sources from Singapore’s bunkering and surveying companies, and an industry veteran share with Manifold Times the issues expected from MPA’s latest Covid-19 measures.
The top three positive movers in the 2020 bunker supplier list are Hong Lam Fuels Pte Ltd (+13); Chevron Singapore Pte Ltd (+12); and SK Energy International (+8), according to MPA list.
‘We will operate in the Singapore bunkering market from the Tokyo, with support from local staff at Sumitomo Corporation Singapore,’ source tells Manifold Times.
Changes include abolishing advance declaration of bunkers as dangerous cargo, reducing pilotage fees on vessels receiving bunkers, and a ‘whitelist’ system for bunker tankers.