In his 2020 New Year address, ‘K’ Line President and CEO, Yukikazu Myochin, has highlighted the Japanese shipping company’s successes in leveraging data analytics to achieve greater levels of safety and environmentally friendly performance across its vessel fleet, with the operator’s K-IMS platform having now been rolled out to some 170 ships.
‘K’ Line recently completed phase 2 of its ‘Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions’ (K-IMS) project, a joint undertaking with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, introducing a range of new data gathering and analysis tools aimed at optimising vessel operations.
The project, which initially began in 2016, aims to provide analysis and support for a wide range of voyage parameters, including navigation and voyage planning, fouling analysis, trim optimisation, and engine performance monitoring.
‘K’ Line aims to continue its progress in digitalising its operations by committing to further research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications for deployment aboard its ships in the future, Mr Myochin said.
“The K-IMS platform we developed jointly with Kawasaki Heavy Industries is an integrated ship operation and performance management system that can collect, monitor, and analyse up to 2,000 items of operational data every 30 minutes,” he added.
“The platform, which has already been installed in 170 of our ships, will be utilised in selecting optimal routes, preventing serious accidents, and predicting failures.”