Standards agency DNV GL has launched a new online bunkering platform for LNG, designed to streamline the process from purchasing to delivery.
The FuelBoss system provides a single common platform for ship owners, operators and suppliers to organise nomination, scheduling, spot inquiries and business intelligence related to LNG bunkering.
“FuelBoss will standardize and simplify daily work processes and enable the LNG fuel industry to reap the benefits of digitalization. At the moment, both the interest in and the number of vessels using LNG is growing rapidly, but the bunkering picture is still fragmented. Delivery costs can be a significant part of the delivered LNG price, so optimizing the supply chain is essential,” Trond Hodne, Senior Vice President at DNV GL, commented.
DNV GL estimates the number of vessels relying on LNG will ‘more than double in the next two years’ with the complexities of LNG bunkering and planning also expected to increase rapidly as the fleet grows from vessels that ‘primarily work fixed routes’ to those in more general operation.
The new platform tackles this complexity by offering an integrated tool through which users can order bunker volumes in a standardized format, facilitating spot inquiries outside term contracts and providing access to a map-based overview of assets to keep track of LNG-fuelled ships and LNG bunker vessels through live and historic AIS feed.
“The idea behind FuelBoss is to accelerate the uptake of LNG in the maritime industry by providing suppliers with a highly efficient tool for managing all their customers and day to day operations, while offering ship operators a common interface for interacting with LNG suppliers,” Hodne added.
The software is currently free for ship owners and other buyers of LNG fuel and a pilot is already underway with LNG suppliers Gasum, Cryo Shipping and Nauticor confirmed as customers.
Tailored digital tool
The software behind the platform has been developed by port call optimization and maritime supply chain specialist Teqplay, based on years of data from Shell LNG bunkering operations.
“With the complexity of planning and coordinating operations for serving their growing customer base, Shell saw the need for a tailored digital tool that standardized the planning and work processes around the LNG bunker vessel operations,” Leon Gommans, CEO of Teqplay, said.
This software allows users to keep track of changes and monitor assets, sign and archive relevant documentation from the bunkering process and communicate through an integrated messaging service.
DNV GL is the world's largest classification society responsible for over 13,000 vessels and mobile offshore units. Headquartered in Bærum in Norway the organization also provides technical consultancy to the energy and transport sectors.