e5, a joint venture between Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), Mitsubishi Corporation and other supply chain stakeholders, has announced it will establish Marindows, a platform designed to improve Japan’s maritime industry through technological innovation.
In a statement, e5 said the new platform will allow for the easy of sharing of data between maritime stakeholders, including seafarers, shipowners and shipping companies and help the country on its drive to trade more efficiently and sustainably.
The objective is to bring “world’s most advanced information technology to Japan’s maritime industry” and that for years the country had suffered from a multitude of issues.
These include a shortage of manpower due to the decline of the working-age population and increased competition from overseas, particularly China and South Korea.
“The depressed Japanese maritime industry leads not only to problems in logistics, but also a decline in overall national strength, bringing various negative impacts on all types of land-based businesses,” the company said.
Marindows will include a streamlined digital platform which will allow for evolution and expansion by drawing upon the power of big data. The company said Marindows will allow it to address the social, environmental and economic issues facing the maritime industry.
“We will start developing services to improve operations for seafarers, shipowners, and shipping companies through the use of existing operation DX and data, in parallel with promotion of ocean BB communication,” e5 said.
“However, we don’t think these initiatives are enough to solve the serious issues facing the Maritime industry. Therefore, the ocean OS “Marindows” is constructed to become smarter and more convenient as time goes by and increase of user since this system will be kept updated and expanded continuously.
“The ocean OS Marindows will lead the Maritime industry towed a sustainable world from the sea and the land by connecting various system of both. It will start from Japan’s sea to the world.”