Inpex selects Napa for LNG engine management
INPEX Corporation (INPEX), Japan’s largest oil and gas exploration and production company, has chosen to install NAPA’s comprehensive ship operations monitoring solution, ClassNK-NAPA GREEN, on three of its LNG carriers.
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 compare modelled with actual performance, as well as the carriers’ performance over time.
As one of INPEX’s main motivations was to accurately monitor the technical performance of these highly complex carriers, INPEX chose ClassNK-NAPA GREEN for the combination of NAPA’s LNG carrier design understanding and market leading performance monitoring software.
Akihiko Itoh, Manager of Transportation Group, LNG Trading Unit at INPEX commented, “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.”
Naoki Mizutani, Executive Vice President, Shipping Solutions at NAPA commented, “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.”
Two of the LNG carriers have been built to service the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project while the third LNG carrier was constructed for the Prelude LNG Project. With offshore production facilities located in the Browse Basin, about 200 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, Ichthys is one of the world’s most complex LNG projects, and is expected to operate for the next 40 years. Shipments of LNG from Ichthys’ offshore production facilities began on 22 October 2018 and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) on 16 November 2018.
The Oceanic Breeze called for the first time at INPEX’s Naoetsu LNG Terminal located in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan on 12 February 2019, delivering a maiden cargo of LNG from the Ichthys LNG project.
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