MOL develops application to utilise vessel log data

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MOL develops app to make better use of log data

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that, along with MOL Group company MOL Information Systems, (MOLIS), it has developed and introduced a new online web application process that utilizes abstract log data and improve operational efficiency both onboard and on shore.

Conventionally, crewmembers have recorded abstract log data using dedicated onboard software, and emailed it to those involved, but this required time to download the data on the shore side, making it difficult to analyze data immediately.

Abstract log data records vessel movements such as names of calling ports, date and time of calling in and out, navigation time, vessel position, speed, bunker fuel, lubricant, berthing time, and engine operation data. The data is utilized for ship operation management and analysis of fuels.

In addition, not all systems onboard and on shore can be linked, requiring duplicate input of the same data.

To solve that issue, MOL and MOLIS have built an application that can be used from a web browser via satellite without dedicated software. In cooperation with Microsoft Japan, the development team successfully achieved superior performance of the app, improving operational efficiency and connectivity with other systems.

Specific improvements in efficiency include the following:

  • Eliminating the need for email transmission of ship operational data, system management, and upgrades of dedicated software (about 880 hours/year/vessel)
  • Reducing data input workload by linkage with other systems both onboard and on shore (about 270 hours/year/vessel)
  • Simpler analysis of ship operational status and enhanced monitoring functions from shore side, by making ship operational data available in real time
  • Improving searchability by database of bunker fuel reports (Note 4)
  • Simplifying changes in system configuration

MOL says it has already installed the web app on 197 vessels and will continue to install it on more vessels in succession.

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