MOL links 180 vessels to Internet of Ships Open Platform

(l-r): Makoto Yamaguchi and Yoshikazu Kawagoe, MOL; Hiroaki Sakashita, ClassNK; Satoshi Fujii, MOL; Yasuhiro Ikeda, ShipDC

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has joined compatriot ‘K’ Line in expanding its vessel data sharing capabilities on the Internet of Ships Open Platform (IoS-OP), with 180 MOL ships to be linked to the system following a new agreement with ClassNK subsidiary Ship Data Center (ShipDC).

The new deal covers operating vessels taking part in MOL’s FOCUS (Fleet Optimal Control Unified System) project, which involves analysis of data collected by more than 10,000 sensor points from vessels, such as engines, cargo and sea weather.

MOL has already used the IoS-OP for data collection and storage on a limited number of ships but will now increase coverage significantly, ramping up the amount of operational data transferred to the platform and enabling stakeholders to access the data shared based on MOL’s access agreement.

“Representing not only MOL but also IoS-OP Consortium as its chairperson, I am glad to announce the agreement to boost the data use and digital transformation of the maritime industry,” said Yoshikazu Kawagoe, Senior Managing Executive Officer, MOL.

“Adding 180 ships in MOL’s operation, the data available at IoS-OP is expected to reach 500 ships in due course, which offers the unique and practical opportunity to utilise the ship operation data. I am convinced the increase of data volume will bring about better data-driven solutions from IoS-OP.”

IoS-OP is an open platform used for sharing of ship operation data among vessel operators, shipbuilders, manufacturers, and related service providers. ClassNK’s wholly owned subsidiary ShipDC operates IoS-OP under the supervision of the IoS-OP Consortium, a member association including some 57 organisations.

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