NYK Launches Ship Management Platform


Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has announced the launch of its new ship management platform ‘NiBiKi’, which is expected to reduce complications for crew members.

According to a statement, the service will facilitate a more comfortable and focused working environment onboard, allowing the crew to concentrate on ship operations.

Data from NiBiKi will also be shared with five ship management companies who, overseeing a total of 260 vessels, will use the platform to produce big data analysis and improve safety.

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The Safety Management System (SMS) manual stipulates that onboard crew should make a report about safety management to the ship management company every day, which can be a very time-consuming and inefficient process.

As a result, NiBiKi has been developed to reduce the reporting workload and enable data to be easily shared and used by NYK and ship-management companies.

NiBiKi is a platform that digitalizes applications, approval, and operation workflow within the safety management system.



By following simple instructions and inputting appropriate information in provided forms, crews can correctly apply for approval, and that information can be automatically recorded, thus ensuring appropriate procedures by the crews.

A further statement from NYK, regarding the future of ship management systems, read: “The NYK Group will proactively use big data for further safety improvements, and will develop a more comprehensive system that includes crew performance records, such as education and drills completed.

“The NYK Group seeks to grasp the tendency of machinery failure and accidents caused by crew to realize ‘zero downtime’ together with ship-management companies.”

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