Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has partnered with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) subsidiary Ship Data Centre to launch the trial usage of onboard data transmission and accumulation for its operated vessels.

The trial is aimed at facilitating an environment to allow the collection of data in a bulk from onboard a ship and distributing the same between ship and shore in real time by leveraging on the marine broadband service.

The initial trial will include transferring the onboard big data acquired from MOL-operated vessels to the ship data centre, where it will be accumulated.

Based on the data, the company intends to create a vessel operation support network to enhance the vessel’s operational safety, reduce vessels’ environmental impact, make vessel operation more economical, improve ship management as well as promote high-quality training and education for seafarers.

"Based on the data, the company intends to create a vessel operation support network to enhance the vessel’s operational safety."

The company anticipates that the trial usage will pave the way for innovation across the maritime enterprises, including producers of ship supplies, shipyards, ship’s classes, societies, universities and research institutes.

Last year, the company launched a tablet computer-based vessel inspection system termed as Enekarte, developed in cooperation with Azbil, which was aimed at enhancing the efficiency and quality of inspection operations.

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The system features digitalised inspection checklists, many of which have been used onboard, to improve the efficiency and quality of inspection operations.

The accumulated data is analysed and used for safe operation, education and training, and technology development, ensuring the safe, reliable transportation of customers’ cargo.

Image: An image of MOL’s cruise. Photo: courtesy of Ajwaldrop.