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INPEX opts for NAPA monitoring solution for LNG carrier fleet

INPEX Pacific Breeze LNG carrier INPEX Pacific Breeze LNG carrier

Japanese oil and gas exploration company INPEX CORPORATION has installed ClassNK-NAPA GREEN for monitoring operations on three of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}ClassNK-NAPA GREEN will verify the technical performance of the LNG carriers, two of which are to service the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project, and the other to contribute to the Prelude LNG Project. ClassNK-NAPA GREEN will enable INPEX to monitor how well the promises made by their shipbuilders match the reality of operations, as well as the carriers’ performance over time.

The Oceanic Breeze, Pacific Breeze, and Symphonic Breeze are amongst the world’s largest MOSS-type LNG carriers. INPEX chose ClassNK-NAPA GREEN for monitoring its LNG carriers due to the technical complexity of their propulsion systems.

Akihiko Itoh, manager of transportation group, LNG Trading Unit, INPEX commented: “A fundamental understanding of elements including the cargo containment and management systems, as well as the ultra steam turbine is critical to efficiency. From system configuration to setting KPIs, NAPA’s in-depth LNG knowledge, spanning design, engineering and operations enables us to effectively collaborate with them for transparent fleet performance and voyage reporting that delivers genuine value.”

“ClassNK-NAPA GREEN will effectively give us live sea trial results throughout the vessels’ working lives. This will help us to realise substantial operational savings across our entire fleet through timely evaluation of, and reaction to ship performance, which underpins our ability to provide a consistent, reliable, and efficient supply of LNG in support of Japan’s long-term energy security.”

Naoki Mizutani, executive vice president, Shipping Solutions, NAPA, stated: “As an advanced player in the LNG space, INPEX needs a performance monitoring software solution to match. The Ichthys LNG Project is fundamentally changing the LNG landscape and we are proud to be supporting INPEX’s trademark ingenuity to make this vision a reality. As well as monitoring speed and fuel consumption performance, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN also helps to increase awareness of environmental factors to increase vessel safety. This capability was tested during the first shipment when a heavy storm approached from east of the route. However, the ship made it safely past and was able to safely navigate away from waves as high as 10m that were in close proximity.”{/mprestriction}

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