Pacific International Lines (PIL) has announced the launch of two new initiatives to improve operational efficiencies and strengthen the capabilities of its sea crew.
The first initiative launched is the opening of its new Centre for Maritime Efficiency (CME). The key role of CME is to enable PIL to grow its competencies in managing ship and fleet energy-efficiency performance.
The CME’s responsibilities include traffic optimisation and route analysis aimed at minimising energy usage by PIL’s fleet.
The CME will be equipped with a digital system that houses all relevant operational data and applications in a single platform to facilitate comprehensive, centralised and efficient coordination.
With the new CME, PIL will be able to: reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated from its operations; enhance fleet safety and security; maximise cost-effectiveness through efficient traffic and route-based management of PIL’s fleet; and improve provision of more training berths for seafarers and creating a bridge for a ship-to-shore career path.
Lars Kastrup, new CEO of PIL, said: “The rolling out of this new Centre for Maritime Efficiency is timely as we forge ahead to become a more efficient shipping line committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
“This is also aligned with our aim to better leverage technology and digitalisation in our operations for enhanced operational effectiveness. At the end of the day, we aim to deliver quality service and good connectivity to our customers, who are increasingly expecting container shipping services to be nimble and flexible to meet their evolving needs.”
PIL has also signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore Polytechnic’s Centre of Excellence in Maritime Safety (CEMS) to collaborate on a ‘Training with Technology’ project.
This project aims to leverage the latest technologies to enhance the competency of seafarers in safe navigation through technical and soft skills training.
PIL and CEMS will jointly explore the effectiveness of using immersive, simulation and remote technology to deliver safety-related and ship navigation training in demanding traffic and sea states.
The data and knowledge collected from this project will be utilised for research and collaboration between the two partners towards the objective of strengthening the standards of maritime safety.