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Methanol fueled tanker first ship with new CBM

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Taranaki Sun

JUNE 21, 2016 — A 50,000 dwt methanol fueled Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) tanker is using ClassNK Consulting Service’s condition-based monitoring (CBM) system ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX, marking the system’s first commercial application.

The vessel, the Taranaki Sun, is one of seven MAN B&W ME-LGI powered methanol tankers (four of them owned by MOL) chartered in by Waterfront Shipping, a subsidiary of the world’s largest methanol supplier, Canada’s Methanex Corporation.

ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX is a next-generation CBM system that collects large amounts of voyage data, including weather and sea conditions, and machinery data collected from multiple sensors installed on the electronically controlled main diesel engine.

Using a sophisticated algorithm, it analyzes correlations between the data to detect engine abnormalities and provides troubleshooting based on these abnormality detection results.

MOL selected ClassNK CMAXS e-GICSX for the 50,000 dwt tanker in order to reduce maintenance costs through the early detection of abnormalities and determine optimum timing of parts replacement.

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