‘K’ Line to link entire fleet to IoS-OP data sharing platform

Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (‘K’ Line) is to expand its use of the Internet of Ships Open Platform (IoS-OP) as a centralised data collection and access point to now cover every vessel in the fleet equipped with its Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions set-up.

IoS-OP is a platform used for the sharing of vessel operations data among shipbuilders, manufacturers, and related service providers based on strict agreements related to data ownership and access. 57 organisations have joined the IoS-OP Consortium, the platform’s member association, as of the end of 2020.

‘K’ Line had already been storing operational data collected from a selection of vessels equipped with the Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions (K-IMS) technology on the IoS-OP platform, operated by ClassNK subsidiary Ship Data Center (ShipDC), but will now expand this to its entire owned fleet of about 140 vessels.

K-IMS is ‘K’ Line’s shipboard ICT system used to connect its vessels with shore offices to support operations management, condition monitoring of engines, and ship performance analysis. As larger and larger volumes of data are collected the company wanted to move to a single common platform for ship-related data to streamline collection and analysis.

As part of this expansion programme ‘K’ Line will upgrade its membership in the IoS-OP Consortium to the highest rank of ‘Platinum’, a ranking which already includes the other two members of Japan’s ‘big three’ shipping lines – Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and NYK Group.

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