The NYK Group (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, MTI Co., Ltd.) and Norwegian Partner Dualog have entered into a collaboration with the NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, NTT DATA Corporation), on a proof-of-concept experiment for a next generation onboard IoT platform.
The experiment is focused on validation of the below technology, which is expected to benefit the maritime industry in actual sea operations:
The NYK Group (NYK and MTI) will use the maritime IoT knowledge gained through the development of its ship information management system (SIMS) and SIMS2 to promote a safe and efficient onboard IoT platform. NYK will utilize the outcome of this collaboration to create and share an open platform throughout the maritime industry, in association with Class NK, DNV-GL, and ship machinery and equipment makers.
NTT will apply edge-computing technology to the IoT platform in the maritime industry to enable the management of applications at edge servers onboard, high-speed data exchange among a variety of different machinery, and real-time distributed processing. With extensive expertise in data-analysis technology and business consulting, and making use of the NTT Group AI technology “corevo®,”* NTT DATA will provide IoT solutions that will contribute to creating value in a new digital platform at sea.
Dualog will apply its advanced technology and competence for the maritime digital data transportation platform, which will ensure that internet, email, and cloud services work reliably and securely onboard from any satellite communications provider.
Formed from various technology companies, the NTT Group is one of the world’s leading ICT companies. Managed from offices all over the world, the NTT Group’s network provides customers with services, support and experts. It has consolidated sales of $105 billion, 275,000 employees and more than 240 data centers. Today, 88% of Fortune 100 companies rely on the NTT Group as their business partner.
Established in 1994, Dualog provides a maritime digital platform which ensures that internet, email and cloud services work reliably and securely onboard. It enables and optimises all the IT services and tools you need for efficient management of your vessels. Dualog’s IT solutions are installed on more than 3000 ships in worldwide trades.
*corevo® is a registered trademark of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.
NYK will deploy a binary cycle power generation system on a newly constructed Panamax* bulk carrier to be operated by the company. The system will generate electricity from the exhaust heat emitted by the marine engine's air cooler. In addition, NYK will provide the system developer with operational data from the ship to help improve the product.
A binary cycle power generation system for ships has been jointly developed by Kobe Steel, Ltd., Miura Co. Ltd., and Asahi Shipping Co. Ltd. and has received approval as “environmental equipment” from Japan’s ship classification society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). The generated electric power will serve as auxiliary power and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 2.3 percent by decreasing fuel consumption.
NYK has previously equipped Capesize** bulk carriers and pure car and truck carriers with hybrid power supply systems to utilize exhaust heat from engine exhaust gas. However, the binary cycle power generation system will give the opportunity to reuse engine exhaust heat to generate electricity on Pamamax vessels.
As an organization that conducts business activities globally, the NYK Group has positioned global environmental conservation as one of its most important issues and will continue its efforts to make use of advanced environmentally consciousness technology.
* Panamax: 60,000 – 119,999 dwt
** Capesize: Over 120,000 dwt
NYK has been selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)* for a 15th straight year.
The DJSI, which is a major global index for companies engaging in socially responsible investment (SRI),** is composed of select sustainability-driven companies from over 3,400 world-wide companies invited to participate in a selection process consisting of an in-depth analysis of economic, environmental, and social criteria, such as corporate governance, risk management, water-related risks, and stakeholder relations.
As well as the FTSE4Good Index for which NYK was also selected for a 15th straight year in June this year, the DJSI is an important selection standard for investors who value corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
NYK, as a good corporate citizen, will continue to take an active role in social issues to contribute to the achievement of a better global society.
* Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI): The results of the annual DJSI review are announced jointly by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, the world's largest global resource for index-based concepts, data, and research, and RobecoSAM, a Switzerland-based company that conducts assessments of corporate sustainability.
** Socially Responsible Investment (SRI): investment based on not only a company’s economic performance but also its environmental measures, compliance with laws, and other corporate social responsibility factors as evaluation criteria.
Reference: The NYK Group’s CSR activities