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DNV GL develops new integrated online tool for LNG bunkering

DNV GL has developed and introduced a new online bunkering tool to help operators with the use of LNG as fuel from order through to delivery.

The new tool FuelBoss offers shipowners, operators and suppliers a single common platform for nomination, scheduling, spot inquiries and business intelligence.

LNG suppliers like Gasum, Cryo Shipping and Nautico have signed up as pilot customers and supported the development with their knowledge.

“The idea behind FuelBoss is to accelerate the uptake of LNG in the maritime industry by providing suppliers with a highly efficient tool for managing all their customers and day to day operations, while offering ship operators a common interface for interacting with LNG suppliers,” said Trond Hodne, senior vice president at DNV GL – maritime.

DNV GL noted that LNG has arrived in shipping and the number of vessels trading will more than double in the next two years. As the fleet grows from vessels that primarily work fixed routes to those in more general operation, the complexities of LNG bunkering and planning need to adapt to these changing patterns.

“FuelBoss will standardise and simplify daily work processes and enable the LNG fuel industry to reap the benefits of digitalisation,” Hodne said.

“At the moment, both the interest in and the number of vessels using LNG is growing rapidly, but the bunkering picture is still fragmented. Delivery costs can be a significant part of the delivered LNG price, so optimising the supply chain is essential. FuelBoss will let LNG suppliers and shipowners reap the network benefits of having a single platform for this growing market,” he added.

Online and open to anyone, FuelBoss is an integrated tool for LNG bunkering, allowing users to order bunker volumes within term contracts in a standardised format, keep track of changes and monitor involved assets, communicate through an integrated messaging service and digitally fill in, sign and archive forms and documentation from the bunkering process.

The platform will facilitate spot inquiries outside term contracts and the users will also have access to a map-based overview of assets to keep track of LNG-fuelled ships and LNG bunker vessels through live and historic AIS feed.

The platform integrates software developed by port call optimisation and maritime supply chain specialist Teqplay. This software has been validated and used by LNG supplier Shell and their customers for a year, to plan and execute LNG bunkering operations.

DNV GL said it will continue to develop features for FuelBoss, including the integration of ship sensor data, data analytics for business intelligence, and support for other alternative fuels as demand grows.

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