This paper presents the future possibilities of the digital twin in the Maritime Industry and the solutions to optimize the use throughout the lifecycle of the vessel. Especially in relation to Autonomous vessels the Digital Twin will play a crucial role in optimal performance of a vessel. The Maritime industry is fragmented and the original builder of the Digital Twin, the shipyard, is in most cases not the owner who is operating the vessel for a period of 20 to 30 years. Also the class societies are part of this value chain and should adapt their approval process and inspection process to serve the Digital Twin. A collaboration between the parties involved is absolute necessary and will introduce a new view on the Maritime industry and new business models for the shipyards.

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