Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has introduced a new web-based ABLOG application, running on Microsoft Azure, to process abstract log (ablog) data for analysis both on board its ships and on shore.
The ABLOG report records vessel data such as names of ports visited, date and time of movements in and out, vessel position, speed, bunker fuel, lubricant, berthing time, and engine operation data. This information can then be used for management and optimisation of ship operations and fuel consumption.
Developed by the company’s MOL Information Systems subsidiary, the application can be accessed from a web browser, via satellite or any other connectivity link, without the need for additional dedicated software.
MOL says that its initial experiences of working over satellite were troublesome due to delays in the time taken to communicate with the onshore server and the restricted bandwidth available at sea, making the application impractical for operational use.
However, working in cooperation with Microsoft Japan the development team was able to improve performance to an acceptable level using the Azure Front Door network service, which allowed the web app to connect to the nearest Azure access point, anywhere in the world, rather than using standard routing processes.
Using the new platform will allow MOL to eliminate the need for email transmission of ship operational data and other tasks related to the collection of abstract log data, which the company estimates will save about 880 work hours per vessel, per year.
MOL also calculates that it will save a further 270 work hours per vessel, per year, by reducing data input into other systems both onboard and on shore through its ability to integrate directly with the web-based application.
The shipping company has now begun using the system on 197 vessels and aims to continue the roll out to eventually cover the whole fleet.