Japanese shipping conglomerate Nippon Yusen Kaisha Line (NYK) has digitalised bridge operations, benefiting from safer navigation and lower workloads
NYK helped develop the J-Marine NeCST ship navigation support tool jointly with the Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) and bridge technology group Japan Radio Co (JRC) in 2017.
J-Marine NeCST allows users to easily plan shipping routes using the handwriting function of electronic navigational chart using ECDIS. It enables operational data to be managed and shared using integrated information such as meteorological and hydrographical forecasts.
J-Marine NeCST’s development is part of NYK’s More Than Shipping 2018 medium-term management plan that drives the group’s investment in digitalisation and other maritime technologies.
NYK operates a fleet of container ships, crude oil, product and chemical tankers, gas carriers, dry bulk shipping and vehicle carriers.
NYK said it will continue to promote digitalisation for safer operations. The shipping group’s investment, and participation by MTI and JRC, in J-Marine NeCST was recognised this month with a special award from the Japan Institute of Navigation for improving onboard operations and navigational safety.
The ceremony was attended by NYK managing corporate officer Tomoyuki Koyama, MTI president Kazuo Ishizuka and JRC director and executive officer Kensuke Ohnuma.
Also as part of NYK’s medium-term management plan to promote digitalisation, the Japanese shipping group has launched an electronic money platform.
NYK is working with Philippines-based Transnational Diversified Group and leading global financial services companies to introduce the MarCoPay platform for paying seafarers.
By collaborating with financial groups, Accenture and Citi, NYK intends to form a global, highly secure platform which it expects will contribute to enhance the lives of seafarers and their families.
For an introduction of how J-Marine NeCST works view the video below.