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Wednesday, February 13, 2019 

Finnish maritime software, services and data analysis provider Napa says that after a competitive tender, Japanese oil and gas company Inpex has chosen to install its solution for monitoring and follow-up of ship operations, ClassNK-Napa Green, on two LNG carriers built to service the Inpex-operated Ichthys LNG Project and one LNG carrier for the Prelude LNG Project.

To accurately verify technical performance of these complex carriers, Inpex chose ClassNK-Napa Green for the combination of Napa’s LNG carrier design understanding and its performance monitoring software. The Oceanic Breeze, Pacific Breeze, and Symphonic Breeze are amongst the world’s largest Moss-type LNG carriers and ClassNK-Napa Green will enable Inpex to monitor how well the promises made by their shipbuilders match the reality of operations, as well as the carriers’ performance over time.

Akihiko Itoh, Manager of Transportation group, LNG Trading Unit, Inpex said: “The propulsion system of an LNG carrier is far more complex than that of any other vessel type, which is why a fundamental understanding of elements including the cargo containment and management systems, as well as the ultra steam turbine is critical to efficiency. From system configuration to setting KPIs, Napa’s in-depth LNG knowledge, spanning design, engineering and operations enables us to effectively collaborate with them for transparent fleet performance and voyage reporting that delivers genuine value.”

Mr Itoh concluded: “ClassNK-Napa Green will effectively give us live sea trial results throughout the vessels’ working lives. This will help us to realise substantial operational savings across our entire fleet through timely evaluation of, and reaction to ship performance, which underpins our ability to provide a consistent, reliable, and efficient supply of LNG in support of Japan’s long-term energy security.”

Naoki Mizutani, Executive VP Shipping Solutions at Napa said: “As an advanced player in the LNG space, Inpex needs a performance monitoring software solution to match. The Ichthys LNG Project is fundamentally changing the LNG landscape and we are proud to be supporting INPEX’s trademark ingenuity to make this vision a reality. As well as monitoring speed and fuel consumption performance, ClassNK-Napa Green also helps to increase awareness of environmental factors to increase vessel safety. This capability was tested during the first shipment when a heavy storm approached from east of the route. However, the ship made it safely past and was able to safely navigate away from waves as high as 10m that were in close proximity.”

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