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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) in conjunction with Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding and Weathernews have released 'Fleet Viewer', the first part of MOL's previously-announced Focus project, intended to enhance the collection and application of ship operation data.

According to MIL, ensuring safe vessel operation, and in turn safeguarding the transport of people and cargo, is the foundation of the ocean shipping industry. For the most part, however, maintaining safety and addressing problems onboard have relied on the skills and experience of seafarers on the front lines, because ships travel such great distances, and while they could maintain radio or telephone contact with shoreside personnel, physical distance and telecommunications limitations meant they could not be watched from shore. 

Fleet Viewer is designed to prevent problems, with not only the crewmembers onboard, but also ship management superintendents on land. able to observe, diagnose, and treat the ship's operating status if external help is required. It enables MOL to offer safer transport services to customers by sharing the knowledge gained by analysing accumulated Big Data throughout the fleet.

The Fleet Viewer collects nearly 6,000 items of sensor data at one-minute intervals, which allows it to determine the status of vessels, the operational status of all equipment, vessel position, ocean and weather information, and share all this among vessels and shore-based personnel, anywhere in the world. The Fleet Viewer, which handles enormous data volume, also features a user-friendly interface. Users can not only instantly recognise the status of vessels, delve into data, and send push notifications, but also customise the content, which can be shared among all users.

Vessel operation data is collected and stored on the cloud with part of ABLOG data. The accumulated data is used through the development of various applications to enhance safe operation and reduce environmental impact. The second step of the Focus project, slated to appear around October 2019, will be the release of an application which can assess the degradation of vessel performance over time, which MOL says is currently difficult to do from shore.

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