Furuno Hellas has been awarded Digital Twin Ready certification from LR for its smart onboard system, HermAce.
The HermAce system uses a digital twin as a virtual replica of bridge equipment based on data streamed directly from the vessel, offering real-time identification, diagnosis and resolution of problems.
Using HermAce, Furuno can remotely monitor, maintain and test onboard equipment – and Furuno says this will ‘deliver cost reductions to ship operator clients as maintenance will be more predictable with testing requirements satisfied digitally’.
It is the first time that the Digital Twin Ready certification has been granted for a Digital Health Management (DHM) developer in the marine and offshore industry. LR has previously awarded Digital Twin Ready Approval in Principles to GE, HHI and SERI for completing the life-cycle engineering review of the processes and software tools in developing digital twins.
Muneyuki Koike, Furuno’s Senior Managing Director, said: ‘Through fully-fledged deployment of HermAce, we strongly envisage that we will be able to provide our clients with more peace of mind when using our products onboard vessels.’
Luis Benito, LR’s Innovation and Co-creation Director, added: ‘It is now more critical than ever to build trust in new technologies by applying practical, effective assurance techniques, which will help in operating vessels safely, reliably and remotely in the future.
‘A new paradigm in shipping has started, towards remote operations, when digital health management technology starts enabling remote servicing, maintenance and testing of critical equipment for the safety of ships, with digital technology that can be trusted by ship managers, ship operators and end users.’