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Wednesday, May 22, 2019 

Maritime software, services and data analysis provider Napa has become the first service provider for ClassNK-owned Ship Data Centerís Internet of Ships Open Platform (ShipDC IoS-OP).

Napa will provide ship performance analytics and voyage optimisation capabilities for this universal platform developed to share vessel operational data between stakeholders. The aim of the ShipDC IoS-OP is to create a new, digital maritime cluster by securely minimising the costs of data ownership and portability for owners and operators, while allowing yards and manufacturers to access the rich data necessary for far-reaching innovation and research. This goal aligns closely with NAPA’s ability to combine big data and hydrodynamics expertise to create powerful performance optimization tools.

Based on principles of co-existence and competition, IoS-OP brings together many different companies throughout the industry, from shipping companies to ship builders and equipment and services suppliers.

Naoki Mizutani, MD Napa Japan said: “Collecting data on its own doesn’t add value unless you can turn it into insight. At Napa, we can build on more than 30 years of naval architectural expertise and combine that knowledge with the latest big data tools to find answers to the questions the industry needs answering. How are we going to dramatically reduce emissions and stay profitable? How can we keep making ships that perform better, and safer? To answer these questions collaboration is key. Being able to draw on data from the whole IoS-OP consortium means we can get better results, and maximize the benefit we provide to the whole community.”

Yasuhiro Ikeda, President, Ship Data Center said: “Napa is renown in the industry for their expertise in naval architecture, hydrodynamics and big data. They are suited to provide performance analytics and voyage optimization services to the IoS-OP community, and we are delighted to welcome them on board as its first service provider. By having a service provider like Napa join the IoS-OP, it will be possible to visualize the benefits of utilizing big data. This will lead more players to join the initiative and form a strong platform.”

Napa works with several data platforms in order to maximise the value of its analytics services. In April this year, Napa became the first certified application provider for Inmarsat’s IoT service, Fleet Data.

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