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LNG BUNKERING OPERATIONS MOVE ONLINE

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 

DNV GL has launched a new online bunkering platform - FuelBoss - for LNG fuel, which is intended to take operators seamlessly from order through to delivery.

FuelBoss offers ship owners, operators and suppliers a single common platform for nomination, scheduling, spot inquiries and business intelligence. LNG suppliers Gasum, Cryo Shipping and Nauticor are amongst the confirmed pilot customers and have supported the development with expertise and domain knowledge. 

DNV GL expects the number of gas-fuelled vessels trading to more than double in the next two years. As the fleet grows from vessels that primarily work fixed routes to those in more general operation, the complexities of LNG bunkering and planning need to adapt to these changing patterns.

“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. FuelBoss will standardise and simplify daily work processes and enable the LNG fuel industry to reap the benefits of digitalisation,” said Trond Hodne, SVP, DNV GL Maritime. “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 optimising the supply chain is essential. FuelBoss will let LNG suppliers and shipowners reap the network benefits of having a single platform for this growing market.”

FuelBoss allows users to order bunker volumes online within term contracts in a standardised format, to keep track of changes and to monitor involved assets, communicate through an integrated messaging service and digitally fill in, sign and archive forms and documentation from the bunkering process. The platform integrates software developed by port call optimisation and maritime supply chain specialist Teqplay, and trialled by Shell.

“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,” said Leon Gommans, CEO Teqplay. “As LNG bunkering of Shell’s customers will be carried out by an increasingly global organisation to support the adoption of LNG fuel in new regions, the need for cost-competitive and standardised work processes became even more pressing.”

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