Digitalisation is steering the shipping industry in a new direction, some comforted by the increasing opportunities that it offers and others wary of the uncertainty that comes with it. One country embracing the waves of digitalisation is Japan. Here are five ways Japanese companies are using digital technology to deliver more efficient and safer shipping operations.
Veson Nautical has opened a new permanent office in the Akasaka district of Tokyo, Japan, serving as a base of operations for Veson Nautical in Japan and housing dedicated commercial and professional services experts for the country.
NYK, and its Group companies MTI, Keihin Dock Co, and Japan Marine Science (JMS), have announced their participation in a demonstration project being carried out by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) to demonstrate remote operation of an unmanned ship.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced the launch of an ambitious research partnership in Japan aimed at developing an advanced navigation support system for use at sea.
Inmarsat and Japanese telecommunications company KDDI have signed a partner agreement to distribute Fleet Xpress to the Japanese maritime market, covering deep sea vessels, commercial fishing, oil and gas, and cruise lines.
Japan-headquartered Weathernews and Mitsui & Co. have announced that they have formed a joint venture called maruFreight, which aims to provide a platform for maritime companies to match cargo with the best available shipping options.
Eco Marine Power, a Japan based provider of vessel renewable energy systems, has announced that it is to begin incorporating Artificial Intelligence (AI) into a range of its ship related technology projects, specifically using the Neural Network Console provided by Sony Network Communications.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), in collaboration with Japan Radio Co (JRC) and JSAT MOBILE Communications, reports that it has successfully tested a new system to share shipboard data contained in the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) with shore based offices, connecting the ship with shore via Inmarsat Fleet Xpress.
KVH reports that it has concluded an agreement with SKY Perfect JSAT (SJC) that will see the two companies work together in delivering maritime VSAT services.
Fujitsu Laboratories reports that it has completed trials of a new ship performance estimation technology system with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Ube Shipping & Logistics, used to predict voyage parameters such as ship speed and fuel consumption to optimise routing and save on fuel.
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