Moving toward a Model-Based Approach for Zero-Emission Shipping

Did you know that 90% of our world trade is transported by sea? The maritime shipping industry is enormous and vital to the global economy. Maritime becoming the largest transporter also comes with a cost, specifically an environmental toll, as the shipping industry produces nearly 3% of global emissions. 

This calls for an urgent need for sustainable, zero-emission shipping to mitigate the impacts of shipping and transportation on climate change and create a more sustainable future. But how can we take the proper steps to achieve this goal? 


The Need for Zero-Emission Shipping 

With concerns escalating about climate change and 3% of global emissions being generated by the shipping industry, the demand to transition to cleaner, greener, and more sustainable solution is now non-negotiable. Several industry leaders, including mega-retailers like Amazon, IKEA, and Unilever, have already committed to moving cargo only on ships using zero-carbon fuel by 2040. 

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set ambitious targets to reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 and increase the uptake of sustainable fuels to 10% of energy usage across the industry by 2030. These targets show us a significant challenge for the sector as it shadows the future and scales up the delivery of sustainable ships by 2023. 


The Role of a Model-Based Approach in the mission for Zero-Emission Shipping 

The transition to zero-emission shipping is a challenging task. It requires collaboration across the shipping industry and cannot be accomplished solely by focusing on regulation or a sustainable field. A more comprehensive approach is needed, precisely one that covers ships’ design, construction, operation, and maintenance. A great solution to help with this clean shipping goal is a model-based approach, specifically Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE). 

What is MBSE? 

MBSE stands for Model-Based Systems Engineering. Model-Based Systems Engineering is a tool that allows users to attain the capabilities of 3D modeling to simulate and test the behavior of products and embedded systems, allowing users to achieve efficiency in all stages of designing complex systems. Download our “Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)” whitepaper to learn more. 

A System of Systems Perspective 

With Model-Based System Engineering, the vessel is viewed as a system of systems, allowing stakeholders to explore different technologies’ capabilities with various interdependencies. Integrating this perspective will help manage the complexity of concept design, making it possible to incorporate new technologies into the ship concept and simulate and analyze multiple options before finalizing ship designs. 

The Benefits of a Model-Based Transformation to Zero-Emission Shipping 

A model-based approach can help reduce lead times while maintaining quality and lowering design and production costs. Using this approach will help leverage information across the ecosystem, ensuring quality and consistency throughout the whole lifecycle of the ship. Tools like the virtual twin to develop a unique vessel replica will help drive compliance with regulatory and customer requirements from concept and design to manufacturing, operations, and maintenance. 

Model-Based Design and Simulation with MODSIM 

In addition to implementing an MBSE strategy, leveraging tools such as Simulation and Optimization can assist with creating a new era of greener, more sustainable ships. MODSIM refers to the integration of design and simulation to analyze, optimize, and validate designs quicker and more efficiently. 

Benefits of MODSIM in the race for Zero Emission Shipping:

  • View the entire lifecycle from a bird’s eye view: Using tools like Virtual Twin on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help stakeholders leverage a single model to drive digital continuity from start to finish of a ship’s lifecycle. 
  • Improve Fleet Uptime: Using real-time data can help ship owners and operators to optimize route efficiency and fleet maintenance to help achieve better sustainability, performance, and profit. 
  • Lower Cost & Risks: During the manufacturing of ships for zero-emission fuels, a model-based approach can increase cost efficiencies and reduce risks during the alternative fuel transition in 2030. 

Using MODSIM to simulate the ship’s capabilities will help stakeholders make informed decisions about ship design and operation, ensuring efficient and sustainable vessel performance throughout its lifecycle. 


Looking Ahead Towards Zero-Emission Shipping with a Model-Based Approach 

Zero-emission shipping is important to implement to address climate concerns and the industry’s emissions impact. Model-based system engineering (MBSE) provides a valuable approach to addressing the challenges of sustainable shipping.  

With MBSE’s holistic perspective, model transformation, and end-to-end optimization, stakeholders can explore various technologies and use tools like virtual twins for digital continuity, improved fleet uptime, and cost and risk reduction.  

The journey to zero-emission shipping is challenging but achievable through strategies, collaboration, and a model-based approach. Are you interested in implementing a model-based approach for your business? Get in touch with our team today.