VLCC smart technology minimises disruption


smart technologyHunter Tankers’ new fleet of VLCCs have DNV GL’s SmartShip notation. Photo: DNV GL



Hunter Tankers’ new series of VLCCs feature smart technologies which enable the company to utilise digital services and minimise operational disruption.

Five of the seven VLCCs have already been delivered from DSME. This is the first fleet of VLCCs to have DNV GL’s SmartShip notation, which validates the digital solutions onboard, and the first in the maritime industry to have Wi-Fi installed in Hazardous Area Zone 1.

Equipped with complex Wi-Fi and IT solutions, crew of the VLCCs can now give live feeds from the vessel to DNV GL to show any equipment failure and solutions during remote surveys and audits.

Sujoy K Seal, COO of Hunter Group, said: “We wanted to have a robust IT solution on board. During the plan approval process, with necessary inputs from domain experts, we chose to have optical fibre cable on deck to avoid loss of signal due to the large distances on a VLCC. The Wi-Fi access points on deck ensure Wi-Fi signal in Hazardous Area Zone 1. We placed on board hardware such as a camera phone, a handheld tablet and a helmet-mounted Android tablet, all three of which are Ex-certified for use in Hazardous Zone 1.

“We have also implemented augmented reality (AR) solutions on board for in-built checklists, drawings, etc. An advanced ship-to-shore conferencing solution keeps us connected with stakeholders onshore.”

The Wi-Fi on deck allows the use of the Kongsberg K-Gauge application, which reflects the cargo, fuel and ballast tanks on the portable equipment. Live audiovisual (AV) feeds can be utilised during emergencies,

Firewalls have been  provided by Dell, Inmarsat and Kongsberg  to prevent a cyber attack.

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