According to a recent Visiongain report, there are currently 235 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tankers in operation, and that cargo must be cooled to extremely low temperatures (-260 ° F).
The authors say the top three developments that are driving growth of the worldwide LPG tanker industry are “increased output of shale gas from previously untapped stocks, increased international gas trade, and ongoing use of LPG as a cooking fuel.”
LPG tanker manufacturers and the oil producers and converters who lease or buy the vessels are constantly looking for new ways to improve efficiencies and profitability in this segment, and across the entire spectrum of transportation of fuel of all types.
Eric Simone, founder and CEO of ClearBlade, a company that develops and provides Industrial IoT edge solutions, said, “Naturally, satellite communications is critical to maritime companies who have cellular or radio options at sea, and while sending data to a centralized cloud when the vessels are connected to satellites or are in port and able to connect to terrestrial bandwidth, some of the most interesting connectivity applications are local. With the right edge deployment and data collection and analysis system, and using a low power wide network, which conserves battery use, there are many applications that can make the crew safer and vessels better maintained.”