MOL to expand sharing of ship operation data

Source: press release, 1 March 2021

From right, ShipDC President, Yasuhiro Ikeda; MOL General Manager of Smart Shipping Division, Satoshi Fujii; ClassNK President & CEO, Hiroaki Sakashita; MOL Senior Managing Executive Officer, Yoshikazu Kawagoe; MOL General Manager of Technical Division/Offshore Technical Division, Makoto Yamaguchi
From right, ShipDC President, Yasuhiro Ikeda; MOL General Manager of Smart Shipping Division, Satoshi Fujii; ClassNK President & CEO, Hiroaki Sakashita; MOL Senior Managing Executive Officer, Yoshikazu Kawagoe; MOL General Manager of Technical Division/Offshore Technical Division, Makoto Yamaguchi (photo: MOL/ShipDC)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO, Junichiro Ikeda) and Ship Data Center Co., Ltd. (ShipDC; President, Yasuhiro Ikeda) have agreed to share the data of about 180 MOL’s ships in operation targeted for MOL’s “FOCUS Project” through IoS Open Platform (IoS-OP), the ship IoT data sharing platform promoted by ShipDC.

MOL’s “Fleet Optimal Control Unified System (FOCUS) Project” has analysed the data collected by more than 10,000 sensing items from vessels, engines, cargoes, sea weather and so on at a high frequency (one-minute intervals), and MOL has developed various applications which support to enhance vessel safety and protect the marine environment.

MOL has so far stored operation data collected from several vessels to IoS-OP, and has agreed to expand the sharing to about 180 ships in operation. This data sharing will significantly increase the amount of ship operation data transferred in IoS-OP and will enable the stakeholders to utilise the data shared in IoS-OP to enhance their corporate value through the pursuit of ship safety and economic efficiency, environmental initiatives, and the creation of innovations in the maritime industry to strengthen international competitiveness.

MOL and ShipDC aim for safety of ships, contribution to the environment, and economic rationality through the data utilisation as well as further acceleration of the collection, distribution, and utilisation of data in the maritime industry with IoS-OP at the core.

IoS-OP is universal platform that enables the sharing of ship operation data among shipbuilders, manufacturers, and related service providers without compromising profits of data providers. 57 organisations joined the member association “IoS-OP Consortium” (Chairperson: Yoshikazu Kawagoe, Senior Managing Executive Officer, MOL) as of the end of 2020. ClassNK’s wholly owned subsidiary ShipDC operates IoS-OP under the supervision of the consortium.

Yoshikazu Kawagoe, Senior Managing Executive Officer, MOL says, “Representing not only MOL but also IoS-OP Consortium as its chairperson, I am glad to announce the agreement to boost the data use and digital transformation of the maritime industry. Added 180 ships in MOL’s operation, the data available at IoS-OP is expected to reach 500 ships in due course, which offers the unique and practical opportunity to utilise the ship operation data. I am convincing the increase of data volume will bring about the better data-driven solution from IoS-OP.”