Projects using OSP

Digital Twin Yard (DTYard)

The Norwegian Research Council in late 2018 awarded the partners Kongsberg Maritime, DNV GL and Sintef with funding for the project Digital Twin Yard (DTYard), RCN number 295918. The project will run from 2019 to 2022 and secure both funding and commitment to continue the Open Simulation Platform development towards efficient collaborative simulations for the maritime industry.

The project will build on ideas and technology from the Open Simulation Platform JIP to create an ecosystem that can facilitate further collaboration between platforms and libraries for digital twin simulation of complex, integrated systems and software.

The grand vision of the Digital Twin Yard (DTYard) is to establish a maritime industry ecosystem for models and digital twin system simulations. The DTYard will facilitate efficient and effective construction of digital twin systems and ships in a collaborative effort between stakeholders including owner, yard, equipment manufacturers and sub-suppliers.

OSP ecosystem

Digital Twins for Vessel Life Cycle Service (TwinShip)

This project is funded by Norwegian Research Council as a Knowledge-building Project for Industry (KPN), RCN number 28073, and the main activities are performed by PhD students at NTNU in Ålesund, supported by Kongsberg Maritime, DNV GL and Sintef Ålesund.

The goal of this research is to develop digital twins of maritime systems and operations, which is an open virtual simulator as the next generation of marine industrial infrastructure not only for overall system design, allowing configuration of systems and verification of operational performance, but also more focusing to provide early warning, life cycle service support, and system behaviour prediction.

Work is split in three main work packages;

  1. Develop an open digital twins platform for marine design, operation, and maintenance
  2. Development tools for early warning, prediction, and optimization based on digital twins fo maritime industry
  3. Demonstrators – Subsystem and operational verification process

The project is actively developing and using Open Simulation Platform software, and NTNU’s research vessel Gunnerus is used as a case study.

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FreeCO2ast – Pilot-E Zero-Emission ROPAX Vessel

Batteries are currently used to make ships emission-free on short distances. But even with the world’s largest battery packs, a large ship such as the Kystruten can only sail in one or two emission-free hours. So how can you get large ships to travel longer distances and at high speed and without emissions? Hydrogen could be an answer. Hydrogen is also an important answer to the question of how we are going to meet the UN Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirement to halve greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by 2050. FreeCO2ast will use fuel cells that are significantly larger than anything that has previously been used on ships, and the challenges will include scaling up and adapting the systems for maritime installation. SINTEF Ocean as one of the research partners has used OSP for simulating the realistic vessel operation, creating the operational profile for the power system with the fuel cells. A simulation tool, Integrated Simulation sandBox (ISB) based on OSP, has been developed for the naval architects and engineers to create a complex system simulation and run simulation for the design and development process.

Read about this project on RCN’s website.

LH2 Pioneer – Ultra-insulated seaborne containment system for global LH2 ship transport

Liquid hydrogen (LH2) is a promising option and offers superior flexibility in the receiving end with respect to energy flux, purity, pressurisation and distribution. LH2 Pioneer (LH2P) project is organised to generate crucial new knowledge about the key technologies needed for feasible large-scale LH2 transportation, reflecting a high level of novelty and scientific ambition. The project aims to develop a pioneering conceptual design for a large and cost-efficient liquid hydrogen containment system with 40′-45 000 m3 volume per tank and boiloff rates feasible for deep sea transport, targeting 0.1 % per day, taking this to TRL 2-3 (analytical validation) and thus preparing for further increase to TRL 4-6 in subsequent development projects. LH2P will also work systematically to de-risk and advance the TRL of other associated technologies: Vessel hull design and propulsion and power system; Onboard boiloff gas handling system; LH2 loading systems for full-scale efficient and safe LH2 transfer onto carriers. SINTEF Ocean is using OSP for simulating the dynamic behavior of the nobel power system for LH2 carrier such as SOFC-gas turbine to boost the efficiency while maintaining the reliability of the system.

Read about this project on RCN’s website.


During the last years, the maritime industry has started using co-simulation successfully to boost digital collaboration and innovation based on existing investments and knowledge. Yet, several technical challenges remain, and collaboration is inhibited by tools that are often too complicated to use and not unified.

In the SEACo project, we aim to tackle these inhibitors of rapid digital innovation head on. We seek to contribute to more reliable and easier-to-use co-simulations of maritime systems by drawing on the knowledge and the skills acquired over the past decade. To ensure high interactivity and value creation, several key partners from academia and the industry are committed and eager to contribute.

Read more about SEACO.

Simulation Trust Center (STC)

Having developed the tools for exploiting the potential of digital twins in the Open Simulation Platform Joint Industry Project, DNV has now taken the next step and is hosting the Simulation Trust Center. This provides a secure, cloud-based collaboration environment for co-simulation as a service and is already being used by customers and other stakeholders.

The DNV Simulation Trust Center implements Open Simulation Platform (OSP) technology in an easy-to-use and secure collaboration space, where you can upload and share access to component models and explore and configure multiple system models and variations. Time domain simulations allow for understanding of dynamic behaviour.

Read more about the Simulation Trust Center.

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