WinGD is contributing to a joint development project (JDP) with ABS, NYK and the Monohakobi Technology Institute Co., Ltd. (MTI) to build a richly detailed digital model of a pure car and truck carrier’s hybrid propulsion and electrical generation and distribution system.

The modelling and simulation project is intended to evaluate the impact of new technologies on a Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) design. This is intended to allow high fidelity simulation of the potential for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and optimisation of the vessel’s propulsion and electrical plant.

Stefan Goranov, WinGD Program Portfolio Manager - Digital & Hybrid.

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Stefan Goranov, WinGD Program Portfolio Manager - Digital & Hybrid.

The project will use simulations utilising meteorological data to recreate a range of conditions experienced at sea. By integrating the simulations, the project will gain a deeper understanding of the design’s real-world sea-keeping performance. 

The JDP will see NYK provide vessel data for MTI’s integrated model of hull hydrodynamics, propeller and machinery models. ABS will provide technical expertise and guidance, including verification of the modelling and simulation in accordance with a framework to be developed by ABS.

WinGD will provide a machinery model. The Motorship covered practical applications of WinGD’s different physical, semi-physical and data-driven model approaches in a recent interview with Peter Krähenbühl, WinGD’s Head of Digital Transformation & Technology here

“While the two-stroke engine remains essential for deep-sea vessels, it now forms the center of a holistic energy system offering exceptional efficiency benefits which result in lower emissions. That is the ultimate goal across our industry and collaborations such as this, to prove what is possible when we combine expertise and a commitment to sustainability in shipping,” said Stefan Goranov, WinGD Program Portfolio Manager - Digital & Hybrid.

ABS has also developed advanced modelling and simulation capabilities. In September, ABS launched an advanced service using sophisticated to assess the impact of a wide range of vessel decarbonization technologies at the design stage as well as simplifying EEXI and CII compliance. 

“At ABS we can now use advanced simulation and modeling to assess new concepts in design, engineering and operations while a vessel is in its design stages, allowing ship owners and shipyards to make more informed decisions. We are proud to be able to support this important project with our industry-leading experience in this space,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

The Japanese project participants were enthusiastic about the potential insights the project offered during the vessel specification stage. 

“Further potential GHG reduction by the well-integrated combination of the two-stroke engine and battery is expected once a design for actual sea conditions is implemented. Virtual application of such new system prior to decision-making will accelerate advances in vessel energy efficiency, which is greatly needed for the transition to clean but low energy density fuel,” said Tetsuya Kakinuma, NYK Ship Planning Team Deputy Manager.

“As the complexity of ship systems increases, the importance of simulation in the early stage increases more and more. This JDP is a milestone project for us in that the user of such systems gets involved in the design stage and pursues higher energy efficiency by utilising integrated simulation technology,” said Ryo Kakuta, MTI Simulation Team Manager.