November 30, 2017
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced a joint success with Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (President: Kenji Ara, Headquarters: Nakano-ku, Tokyo) and JSAT MOBILE Communications Inc. (President & CEO: Eiichi Yoda, Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo) in building a network that shares data recorded in Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) by using Fleet Xpress provided by Inmarsat, a high-capacity, high-speed satellite telecommunication service.
Like the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on airplanes, VDR records data on vessel movement (position, navigation speed, main engine rpm, and so on), voice communication on the bridge, image data on nautical instruments such as radar, and the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). An international treaty mandates that large-scale vessels and passenger ships that ply international waters be equipped with VDR, in order to analyze and identify the background and causes of marine incidents, based on data collected by the VDR prior to such incidents.
MOL conducted the test with one of its operated vessels, and confirmed the following.
1. Real-time monitoring on shore
The network can receive and monitor VDR-collected information related to various nautical instruments and the main engine of the vessel, and determine the movement of the vessel on the nautical chart by transferring the data to ECDIS.
2. Shorter, swifter transmission of VDR data to shore
Past data recorded on VDR can be acquired ashore whenever needed by using satellite telecommunications.
MOL continues to promote advanced support of safe operation and environment-friendly services, which are states in the "ISHIN NEXT - MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT -," announced in November 2016. MOL also aims to be the first company that comes to mind when customers are looking for a logistics business partner that fully utilizes ICT technology.
Flow to get VDR data from shore
Image of radar and ECDIS
Image of using on shore