Energy and infrastructure solution provider Saipem has announced plans to implement DNV GL’s hull planned maintenance system, ShipManager Hull, across five ships, based on 3D digital twins of crane and pipelaying vessels.
ShipManager Hull will be installed first on the Saipem 7000, one of the world’s largest crane vessels with a lifting capability of 14,000 tonnes at 42 meters. Crane vessels are exposed to high stresses during lifting, demanding particular attention to structural integrity. The frequent ballasting of the vessel increases the need for efficient monitoring of ballast tank corrosion. Saipem will be able to use a digital twin of the entire structure for optimal planning of periodic inspections and dry-dock repairs.
ShipManager Hull allows owners to use 3D digital twins for full lifecycle management of the hull structure. All data is centralised and easily accessible for steel and coating calculations and predictive analytics, enabling significant cost savings, especially in dry-dock.
“With this powerful tool we will be fully in control of the condition of the hull of our construction vessels,” said Giampaolo Bonalumi, asset digital transformation leader at Saipem. ShipManager Hull will also be used for the crane vessel FDS2 (2011) and pipelaying vessels FDS (2000), Constellation (2014) and Castorone (2012). The implementation of ShipManager was chosen by Saipem as one of the first initiatives to demonstrate efficiency gains through digitalisation and improved data management.
“ShipManager Hull is a proven tool in the maritime industry and is growing within the offshore industry,” commented Ketil Aamnes, VP and regional manager, EMEA, DNV GL – Digital Solutions. “Saipem is demonstrating the value of the solution for specialised structures such as crane and pipelaying vessels.”