Exhibition & Conference

13-16 September 2021

Singapore EXPO, Singapore

Technical Programme

Hideyuki Ando

Senior General Manager

MTI Co., Ltd

16:00 - 16:30

Thursday, 19 September 2019

T2.10 New technology for LNG marine transportation with IoT and Digital-Twin

As infrastructure of ship-shore satellite communication technology grows rapidly, the data created on LNG Carriers, such as data from cargo or engine-plant management system became forwardable, and easily accessible from shore.


These live and detailed data is expected to be used as origin of various means of innovative solutions, and to bring massive benefit for all stakeholders comprising the LNG value chain, including traders, utilities, ship owners, and ship managers etc.  


We, NYK, are proud to announce that we have been promoting the open-platform for data collection with our partners (; ship classification society represented by Class NK, ship builders, equipment manufacturers, satellite service providers, and others). NYK’s data collection device has been equipped in more than 200 vessels including numerous LNG Carriers.


Data collected is utilized to meet various demands of each stakeholder. NYK provides tailor made consulting service to our customers aiming to support timely and effective decision in terms of safe and economical operation.  Followings are examples of our technical development projects.


1. Voyage Simulator

A simulator run by the digital model of ship and ocean created by big data analysis. Brings accurate prediction of FOC, Risk of ETA failure, support for optimum route selection in accordance with the latest weather forecast etc.  


2. Boil Off Gas (BOG) Simulator

A simulator run by the digital model of cargo tank onboard backed by thermodynamics. Brings accurate prediction of tank and liquid condition, BOG to come out, support for optimum heel management etc.


3. Sloshing Simulation (for Membrane Type)

By simulating vessel motion with Voyage Simulator, predict the motion of liquid surface inside cargo tank, and evaluate the risk of damage caused by sloshing.  This allows operators to have wider options of stowage pattern, including partial loading and multi-port discharging.


Those new technologies give us practical outlook for daily cargo transportation more accurate than ever.  Because it is not only a result of data analysis, but a result of so-called “digital twin”, which means realistic computer-based simulations validated and calibrated by using real data.


To greater the fruits from collected data and such digital twin, we believe it is essential to communicate all stakeholders comprising the LNG value chain without border, especially because NYK has been a multi-roll player in the chain.