Jiangnan Shipyard has received Approval in Principle (AiP) from Lloyd’s Register (LR) for its Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) digital ship design, the first AiP for a digital VLGC design in China.
The design has been granted LR descriptive notes Digital SAFE (AL2*), Digital MAINTAIN (AL2**), Digital PERFORM (AL3***) and Cyber SECURITY, confirming its compliance with LR’s digital ShipRight procedures.
The digital VLGC has an integrated data acquisition and processing platform, equipped with a ship energy efficiency management system, an intelligent navigation system, and a monitoring system which gives crew onboard and onshore personnel the data to make effective and safe operational and maintenance decisions. These are all tools which can help shipowners improve overall vessel performance in a safe manner, reduce energy consumption and simplify ship management.
The new ship design also offers an enhanced network security solution for the digital systems using a set of network security precautions developed following a risk assessment, which means the ship meets the requirements of advanced network security classification.
Jiangnan shipyard R&D Director, Chen Bing said “Jiangnan hope that developing “digital” Very Large Gas Carrier can continue leading the state-of-art VLGC design and bring benefits to owners and the marine environment.”
LR’s greater China manager, Maogen Xue said: “We are delighted to provide Approval in Principle to Jiangnan for its Very Large Gas Carrier digital ship design, a first of its kind for China. Jiangnan’s innovative approach has meant the industry has seen an improvement in ship designs for liquefied gas carriers, helping owners improve ship efficiency, safety and overall performance, while also embracing shipping’s long-term move towards a digitalised future.”
*Digital SAFE (AL2) indicates that the ship’s essential operating systems, such as navigation, that have remote access to on-board operational data for monitoring purposes have been assessed and can be performed remotely by humans or autonomously by systems located on board the ship or located ashore.
**Digital MAINTAIN (AL2) focuses on maintenance systems
***Digital PERFORM (AL3) looks at the vessel’s overall performance, specifically the ship’s optimisation systems and Cyber SECURITY