Japanese LNG operator opts for NAPA performance monitoring

Sarah Carter

12 February 2019

Finland-based maritime software specialist NAPA has announced that after a competitive tender, Inpex, Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, has chosen to install NAPA’s comprehensive solution for monitoring and follow-up of ship operations, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN developed by NAPA in conjunction with ClassNk, on two LNG carriers built to service the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project and one LNG carrier for the Prelude LNG Project.

The Oceanic Breeze, Pacific Breeze, and Symphonic Breeze are amongst the world’s largest MOSS-type LNG carriers and ClassNK-NAPA GREEN will enable the operator to monitor how well the promises made by their shipbuilders match the reality of operations, as well as the carriers’ performance over time.

Akihiko Itoh, Manager of Transportation Group, LNG Trading Unit at Inpex, commented, “The propulsion system of an LNG carrier is far more complex than that of any other vessel type, which is why 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.”