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NYK to Provide Maritime Information to Japan Coast Guard via Open Platform

Contributing to the Safety of Vessels Navigating Waters Around Japan

On January 26, NYK agreed to provide oceanographic information, such as wind direction and speed collected by NYK-operated vessels, to the Japan Coast Guard through the IoS Open Platform (IoS-OP) services provided by Ship Data Center Co., Ltd. (ShipDC). The IoS-OP is a platform for sharing data within the maritime industry on vessels operated by Japanese shipping companies. The Japan Coast Guard will use the provided data to improve the accuracy of its sea-current forecasts around Japan, contributing to safer ship navigation.

IoS-OP is an open platform through which ship-operation data provided by Japanese shipping companies are stored by ShipDC at its onshore data center and shared among shipping companies, shipyards, marine-equipment manufacturers, information and communication manufacturers, and other stakeholders in the maritime industry according to common rules. NYK has been a core member of the IoS-OP consortium since its launch and has been providing oceanographic information collected by SIMS*, a ship-performance monitoring system installed on approximately 200 NYK-operated vessels.

NYK has also been providing the Japan Coast Guard with oceanographic information individually without IoS-OP but will now share data through IoS-OP. The Japan Coast Guard will be able to access oceanographic information collected by approximately 500 vessels operated by NYK, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. Tidal current information predicted by the Japan Coast Guard will be made available to the public through the MSIL, a marine condition display system. NYK will continue to actively participate in the collection, distribution, and utilization of data in the maritime industry through IoS-OP, contributing to safer ship navigation.

January 26 signing ceremony for the data-provision agreement

From left, second, Hisaya Higuchi, managing executive officer of NYK; third, Masayuki Fujita, chief hydrographer, director general of hydrographic and oceanographic department of Japan Coast Guard

On March 10, 2023, the NYK Group released its medium-term management plan “Sail Green, Drive Transformations 2026 - A Passion for Planetary Wellbeing. ” The NYK Group is promoting growth strategies with ESG at the core, based on the Group’s mission statement of “Bringing value to life” and a new corporate vision for 2030, which reads, “we go beyond the scope of a comprehensive global logistics enterprise to co-create value required for the future by advancing our core business and growing new ones.”

Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

* Ship Information Management System (SIMS)
A system developed by the NYK Group for timely sharing of detailed ship data — such as operation status, fuel efficiency, and plant status — between ships and shore.

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