Industry stakeholders join forces on fleet performance optimisation

Norway-based VLCC owner and operator Hunter Group is collaborating with Nautilus Labs, Kongsberg, DNV GL and OSM to deploy technologies that will improve vessel performance.

Nautilus has been selected by Hunter to deploy its decision support software solution across seven new very large crude carriers (VLCCs). Access to Nautilus Platform will allow Hunter to reference a sophisticated system to ensure that the company maximises vessel yield. Nautilus’s intelligent decision support solution will draw together all fleet intelligence and recommends optimal operating configurations that will reduce Hunter’s environmental footprint.

Kongsberg Digital will supply Hunter’s vessels with Vessel Insight, a next generation data infrastructure that will facilitate reliable and consistent sensor data connectivity and transmission to the cloud where it can be shared with partners of KONGSBERG’s ecosystem, such as Nautilus Labs and DNV GL.

Class society DNV GL will deliver digital class and independent verification services based on the collected data.

Hunter Group’s strategic partner for technical management, OSM Maritime, will also take an active role in ensuring full utilisation of the systems’ potential, providing learning, transparency and enabling better decision making. It is envisaged that the potential from this collaboration can develop into an OSM fleet wide implementation.

Commenting on the partnerships with the technology providers, Erik Frydendal, CEO at Hunter Group, said: ‘We’re partnering with Nautilus, KONGSBERG, DNV GL and OSM to collect high-frequency data from ship to shore and gain real-time insights into the performance of our vessels.

‘Thanks to the interoperability of the technology providers the integration works seamlessly and quickly, arming our teams with the insight they need to make better data-driven decisions that promote sustainability and drive meaningful savings for our business.’

Hunter Group ASA currently has seven VLCCs with scrubbers and Tier III engines, all of which were constructed at DSME in Korea. The vessels were delivered from September 2019 through to August 2020.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes