After a successful pilot phase, the FuelBoss platform, developed by class society DNV GL in partnership with maritime supply chain digital solutions specialist Teqplay, is now moving to the next stage of handling commercial transactions between suppliers and buyers of marine LNG.
Just over 12 months since DNV GL unveiled the FuelBoss platform at the Global LNG Bunkering Summit in Amsterdam, Martin Wold, Senior Consultant, DNV GL – Environment Advisory, says: ‘This year will be all about scaling and we are currently in an early roll-out stage’.
As previously reported, FuelBoss entered its pilot phase last May and it hit a development milestone last July with the first end-to-end planning and execution of an LNG bunkering operation carried on the platform.
The pilot phase, which came to a close on 31 December 2020, was ‘all about testing and validating,’ said Wold. Just under 20 LNG suppliers took part in the pilot and they received feedback from multiple bunker operations where the complete fuel supply process from order to bunker delivery note (BDN) was undertaken digitally via the FuelBoss platform.
Wold said that ‘some tens of the first LNG buyers’ are now being onboarded to the platform and around 1,000 bunker operations are expected to flow through FuelBoss in 2021.
‘No doubt we will learn a lot and identify areas for further improvement when scaling from bunker operations executed in “shadow mode” last year…but the platform is built for scale and is already providing value for its users,’ Wold commented.
‘Already it’s really interesting to see up close how FuelBoss is settling nicely into already well-defined work processes [and] there also seems to be a significant potential for designing highly efficient and frictionless back-office work processes by integrating FuelBoss with suppliers’ existing IT systems.’