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Wednesday, September 15, 2021 

In what it believes to be an industry first, classification society ABS has launched an advanced service using sophisticated modelling and simulation technologies to assess the impact of a wide range of vessel decarbonisation technologies at the design stage as well as simplifying EEXI and CII compliance.

The simulator-based Energy Efficiency Evaluation Service will allow both newbuild vessels and existing vessels to compare different design and operational options and evaluate the performance impact of adding new technologies. The service will be further enhanced with an update due in 2022, adding CII compliance planning and thus allowing time to prepare for any required retrofitting and modifications to the fleet.

Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO said: “Just as simulation is being used in automotive design to decarbonise vehicles, shipping must embrace new ways of seeing things to bring forward innovation for greener vessels. At ABS we can now use advanced simulation and modelling 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 believe simulation is a technology with the potential to make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of our industry, and ABS is leading the way by beginning to realize those gains today.”

For newbuilds at the design stage, the service supports propulsion system design optimisation, providing system level assessment of the fuel consumption of a vessel, supporting life-cycle cost analysis as well as detailed design comparison and equipment parameter optimisation. For existing vessels, the service assists with evaluating the retrofitting options and operational changes to reduce fuel consumption and maintain compliance with regulations.

The launch of the service follows the announcement of a joint development project between ABS, Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding and Wärtsilä using advanced multi-physics modelling and simulation to support development of a flexible, future-ready and modular concept for a multi-fuel electric LNG Carrier.

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