NAVTOR has secured a landmark agreement with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE). The partnership will see the Norwegian maritime technology company supplying its NavFleet solution as a cornerstone of developing “K” LINE’s 24/7 global fleet monitoring and support system.
Once operational, the unique facility will help the Japanese maritime logistics giant enhance its in-house managed fleet’s safety, efficiency and sustainable performance. NavFleet will have a key role to play, seamlessly connecting vessels, crews and onshore teams with a solution that delivers real-time monitoring and powerful operational insights.
“NavFleet builds a bridge between ships and shore,” explains Tor A. Svanes, CEO of NAVTOR. “Functioning as a single, integrated platform, it shares the data necessary to build complete situational awareness of vessel operations, allowing for smarter, safer and more informed decision-making.
“Working together with “K” LINE, we can help them understand and act upon a constant stream of high-quality data, allowing them to address pain points – on individual ships and across their entire, diverse fleet – and achieve the high standards they, and their business stakeholders, desire.
“We look forward to partnering with this globally respected shipowner, operator and manager on a mutual voyage of development, understanding and continual improvement.”
Committed to Quality
NavFleet launched in 2021, building on NAVTOR’s integrated digital ecosystem of performance and e-navigation products and services. Amongst other features, the solution unites business-critical data, automates tasks, simplifies reporting, and eases regulatory compliance.
It proved to be an ideal proposition for “K” LINE, as Captain Kiyotaka Aya, “K” LINE’s Senior Managing Executive Officer, explains:
“We have very good experience working with the NAVTOR team, who have delivered our navigational chart management services for over eight years. We are confident that NavFleet will become vital in developing K-Line’s global fleet management and monitoring support systems, enhancing our safety and quality management. We are delighted to partner with NAVTOR and expect to develop continually improving safety and quality together.”
The partnership also has the potential to expand to encompass further NAVTOR performance and e-Navigation products and services across “K” LINE’s total operated fleet.
The Norwegian Embassy and Norwegian Chamber of Commerce attended a special signing ceremony in Japan. Ms Line Aune, Chargée d’Affaires ad interim, Norwegian Embassy, Japan, said at the event: “Japan is a very valuable partner of Norway in the maritime sector, and this MoU is yet another example of the effective working partnership between our countries. I want to congratulate both “K” Line and NAVTOR on this new collaboration.”
In addition to NavFleet, NAVTOR’s portfolio includes NavStation digital chart table software (with automated Passage Planning), NavBox, a certified cyber secure gateway for seamless data transfer, NavCloud cloud computing services, and NAVTOR digital logbooks.
NAVTOR opened its doors in 2011 and now offers a network of ten global offices, 20 international distributors and customers from over 60 countries.
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