Japanese shipping company NYK announced it has started to share ship operation data with the Japan Fisheries Information Service Center, through IoS Open Platform (IoS-OP). This is the first time that shipping industry data has been shared with other industries through IoS-OP.
oS-OP is a universal platform, promoted by Ship Data Center Co. Ltd. (ShipDC), that enables the sharing of vessel operational data among shipbuilders, manufacturers, and related service providers without compromising profits of data providers. As of the end of April, 64 companies were participating in the IoS-OP Consortium, which was established in May 2018.
As a consortium member, NYK has used its SIMS ship performance monitoring system to collect data on the operation of about 200 SIMS-equipped ships and has been actively sharing that data through IoS-OP. The company claims improvements in safety and economic efficiency in ship operation and design by utilizing actual sea area data that transcends the boundaries of companies.
As informed, the data shared with JAFIC is seawater temperature information, helping not only address limited sea-area data collection by research vessels and fishing vessels, but also efficiently form fishing grounds, improve the accuracy of forecasting, and grasp the current sea state through JAFIC bulletins and short- to medium-term forecasts.
In the future, NYK is expected to contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions by the fishery industry and enhance its economic efficiency by helping to improve catches and reduce fuel costs.