Industry Leaders to Develop Digital Twins for Ships


A cooperation agreement to develop digital ships – signed by Daewoo Shipbuilding (DSME), Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), NAPA and AVL – has been announced.

As part of the collaboration, which was confirmed at Nor-Shipping Exhibition in Oslo, the four parties will combine their expertise in shipbuilding, engines, big data, and software development to pioneer new solutions.

In addition, the agreement also commits the organizations to creating “comprehensive digital twins”, a challenge that will require the acquisition and processing of quality engine room data, ship performance and meteorological data.

Dr Zhou Chenhao explains “Digital Twin and Capacity Planning for Next Generation Ports” in a recent Port Technology technical paper

Also required in order to make the digital twin viable is a training, simulation and human machine interface that translates engine data into practical efficiencies and insight.

Odin Kwon, CTO of DSME, commented: “The development of digital twin ship and engine is one of the most exciting outcomes of the recent surge in maritime digitalization and development of the Internet of Things.

“By creating a virtual, real-time copy of engine equipment, we can better monitor, analyze, and predict performance, leading to safer and more efficient operations.”

Professor Deog Hee Doh from KMOU also made a statement: “We are actively entering into digital era in the industry nowadays which could be a basis for the development of autonomous ship.

“Building a digital platform should be well balanced between actual application of technology and academic basis. We are happy to be part of this cooperation.”



According to NAPA, KMOU faculty members have already started developing a platform equipped with AR/VR and digital twin technology.

Naoki Mizutani, Executive Vice President, Shipping Solutions at NAPA, added: “New generations of vessels will set the standard for decades to come, and digital infrastructure will be just as important as the physical and mechanical elements of a newbuild.

“Bringing together ship builders, engine manufacturers and software experts is the ideal way to ensure that high quality digital infrastructure is embedded in the shipbuilding process from the very beginning, and adds value throughout the lifecycle of a vessel.”

As a “leading expert in maritime software and big data”, NAPA has pledged to develop digital twin ship models with digitalized components and a real-time simulation platform.

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