Struggling South Korean shipyard Group Dae[ds_preview]woo pushes its efforts in the LNG market by joining forces with Kongsberg.
The two companies have signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) for a new LNG FSRU regasification control system. As part of the delivery scope for a vessel currently under construction at the Okpo shipyard in South Korea, DSME will develop a High Fidelity Dynamic Simulator for the regasification plant. The JDA is planned to enable DSME to utilise Kongsberg Maritime’s Dynamic Process Simulator ‘K-Spice’ and the ‘K-Chief’ automation and control system for the joint development of the vessel’s regasification control system, it was announced.
Further to the signing of the JDA, DSME and Kongsberg are in further discussions for possible cooperation on marketing activities of the new LNG FSRU regasification control system.
According to the statement, DSME is approaching delivery of 100 LNG ships. In total Kongsberg Maritime’s expanding LNG vessel reference list now surpasses 200 LNG control system installations.
»We are very pleased to start a LNG control system JDA with DSME as it represents a continuation and strengthening of a long term and very successful partnership,« said Tore Wean, Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime Korea. »We have supplied ship automation systems to DSME since the 1980’s and LNG ship control systems since 2002. We are committed to supporting their technology needs today and in the future.«
Vice President at DSME Naval & Energy System R&D, Mr. Young Bok Choi added: »Entering this JDA with Kongsberg Maritime as a major partner, and to many shipping companies, a trusted supplier makes good sense for DSME. We believe it will be a very significant stepping stone for further development projects and together we can provide our customers with world leading technology solutions.«