One of the largest shipping companies in the world, MOL recently announced that they will work in conjunction with Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding Co., Ltd and Weathernews Inc. to launch the Fleet Optimal Control Unified System (FOCUS) project. This new collaboration by some of the biggest names in the shipping industry will collate and apply ship operation data to ensure safer, more environmentally friendly ocean transportation.
With the rapid expansion of possibilities using communication technology (ICT) such as IoT and Big Data, all three companies decided to undertake the development of this project to promote the use and application of ICT.
Collated data such as detailed voyage and engine data on actual voyages from over 150 vessels will be stored on a cloud-based data platform. This data will aid in the development of applications for advanced ship operation monitoring and propulsion performance analysis.
Another result of this project will be the further enhancements to the safer operation and a reduction on the environmental impact via friendly applications, which will further deepen cooperation between vessels and shore-based facilities.