NYK has been granted ClassNK’s highest rating of Class S on its Innovation Endorsement (IE) certification programme for new technologies, following an evaluation of its NYK Remote Diagnostic Center (RDC) in the Philippines.
The RDC provides remote diagnosis and monitoring for operating ships. NYK is the first company to receive Class S IE certification since this system was introduced by ClassNK in 2020.
The facility in Manila supports data-driven ship management procedures, such as an anomaly detection system that uses AI to constantly remotely monitor and diagnose the engine plants aboard about 200 ships equipped with SIMS, NYK’s in-house Ship Information Management System.
At the centre, a marine engineer with specialised knowledge of the engine plant will examine the AI detection results, and will determine if repairs or inspections are necessary, analysing the cause of the abnormality and disseminating that information to the ship and the shipmanagement company.
This ‘Expert-in-the-Loop’ concept allows the company to provide more accurate information than can be created solely based on AI detection results, NYK says, improving its ability to prevent serious accidents on ships.