Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has begun operation of a new data platform called ‘Lighthouse’, to provide real time transport information to dry bulk shipping customers and stakeholders.
The platform allows shippers and vessel operators to share and monitor various kinds of data related to ocean transport, such as vessel schedules, weather and ocean conditions. Data related to cargo and contracts can also be shared through the system, on a customised basis for each customer.
MOL says it has introduced the new tool to assist users in improving their supply chain management, through measures such as optimisation of ship allocation and more effective management of inventory.
“With the objective of creating a user-friendly platform, MOL relied on input from customer interviews and took their opinions and requests into consideration in the development of Lighthouse,” MOL explained.
“The company chose the name ‘Lighthouse’ to reflect the idea of focusing a spotlight on ocean transport, which many customers find to be difficult and complex, and make it easier for them to visualise information about the various aspects of shipping.”