Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (head office: Tokyo; president: Tadaaki Naito; NYK), MTI Co., Ltd. (an NYK Group company; head office: Tokyo; president: Yasuo Tanaka; MTI), and Japan Engine Corporation (head office: Hyogo; president: Michio Shimizu; J-ENG) have seen progress in their joint research to improve safety and optimize maintenance for marine engines.
The three companies began their research in December 2016 with the aim to pursue further safety and economic efficiency by taking advantage of operational big data resulting from collaborative work among engine manufacturers and users.
Since the start of the project, NYK, MTI, and the engine maker J-ENG have shared, monitored, and analyzed operational big data from SIMS2, a second generation ship information management system developed by NYK and MTI and allowing data-sharing among workplaces on land and sea in real time, including detailed hourly updates on shipping operations, data related to fuel consumption, and machinery condition.
During the project, some problems that may have resulted in serious engine damage have been discovered at an early stage, thus confirming that this joint research could contribute to safer operations.
In the next stage, the companies will develop a more advanced accident prevention system by combining J-ENG’s expertise, which includes developing, manufacturing, and after-sales service, with the NYK Group’s efforts to identify potential problems and prevent breakdowns in advance.
In addition, by incorporating J-ENG's technical expertise into the NYK Group’s condition diagnosis, which uses big data to examine the condition of the inside of a combustion chamber, the quality of maintenance will be improved and its frequency will be optimized as a shift is made from conventional time-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance.
The NYK Group collaborates with shipbuilding companies, equipment manufacturers, universities, and research institutes to make use of big data in innovative solutions that further enhance the safety of vessels.
J-ENG offers analyses of ship data to help customers to operate and prevent accidents in advance, and then feeds back user-derived data for its own design and development of UE engines* to improve reliability and performance.
The three companies will continue their efforts for improved safety and economic transport by taking advantage of operational big data and each company’s expertise.
* UE engine
Among the three major brands of low-speed marine diesel engines, the UE engine is the only Japanese brand, and is completely developed, designed, manufactured, marketed, and serviced by J-ENG.
NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo Co. Ltd. (head office: Yokohama; president: Kazutoshi Kamata), an NYK Group company, have jointly developed an innovative fuel additive, "Wax Breaker," which is added to MGO and MDO* to prevent coagulation at low temperature.
Marine fuel oil contains a lot of waxes** that can possibly coagulate when the ship enters cold areas. The waxes can solidify as the temperature of the fuel oil tank drops, and engine troubles can then result.
The new agent, “Wax Breaker," can get between the molecules of paraffin crystals that cause coagulation, prevent them from growing larger, and thus prevent coagulation. This can improve the fluidity of fuel at low temperature and prevent potential accidents.
The NYK Group will continue to promote new technologies for safe shipping.
* MGO and MDO
MGO (Marine Gas Oil) and MDO (Marine Diesel Oil) are standard marine fuel oils that are similar to light oil and A heavy oil, and have a much lower viscosity than C heavy oil. In recent years, many waxes have been confirmed to be in some oils.
Oil and fat substances that solidify when cooled, like candle wax. Wax components can be found in crude oil.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK; head office: Tokyo; president: Tadaaki Naito) and Yusen Logistics Co. Ltd. (YLK; head office: Tokyo; president: Kenji Mizushima) jointly conducted their 2017 Global NYK/YLK Week from October 16 to 20 in Japan. Twenty-two staff members from around the world were nominated from the Group’s global business bases to attend the program, along with a handful of employees based in Japan.
This training program has been jointly held by NYK and YLK since 2012 to deepen interaction among the participants across national, division, and company boundaries and further strengthen links and networks.
This year's theme was “Stay Half a Step Ahead.” The participants were given lectures about the NYK Group Values* and NYK’s initiatives to differentiate itself from its competitors. The participants were then divided into four groups, and after using various analytical methods to determined worldwide events that could be realized in five years, the group engaged in active discussions on issues the NYK Group should address. Each group then made a presentation on its theme to board members, including the presidents of NYK and YLK, thus allowing the groups to have an impact on the Group’s business management.
At the end of the week, the participants traveled to Kyoto for a day of Japanese culture and learned about traditional methods to relax mind and body through Zen meditation.
It is expected that all participants will take their experiences from the five-day program back to their offices to share with their colleagues, and that they will use what they learned in this program in their everyday work.
The NYK Group respects the diversity of its employees and the spirit of challenge, and is dedicated to the development of its human resources so that the Group can be a place where all employees can work with pride and realize their dreams.
* NYK Group Values
Integrity, innovation, and intensity — the 3 I’s — are considered to represent the essential character of NYK, formed over the course of the company’s 130-year history. Since 1997, the assimilation of these values has facilitated the achievement of the NYK Group mission statement. http://www.nyk.com/english/profile/mission/values/