Japanese maritime software firm Marindows has raised a total of approximately 200 million yen (approx. US$1.7 million) in new funding from five investors, including Imoto Shoun, Tokyo Kisen, Furuno and Mitsubishi Shipbuilding.
Marindows is a spin-off company from electric vessels firm e5 Lab, which is itself a joint venture between Asahi Tanker, Exeno Yamamiz, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Mitsubishi. It has developed a digital platform to link edge computing systems onboard ship with cloud services and shore-based applications, with the aim of providing a range of maritime specific services.
The company says that its new funding will be used for business development, with a particular focus on the twin goals of further improvements in its technology and recruitment of additional staff to support expansion.
This will include new hires in engineering functions, as well as in sales, corporate management, marketing and PR.
Marindows says that it hopes to begin rolling out services from October this year, with a particular focus on crewing and seafarer wellbeing technologies, including remote medical examinations and digital medical logbooks.