Digitalisation is steering the shipping industry in a new direction, some comforted by the increasing opportunities that it offers and others wary of the uncertainty that comes with it. One country embracing the waves of digitalisation is Japan. Here are five ways Japanese companies are using digital technology to deliver more efficient and safer shipping operations.
Microsoft is supporting the development of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve fuel efficiency on ships with a US $11 million in Series A funding for Nautilus Labs.
Dubai-based Elcome International has introduced a new field service management concept harnessing technologies like mixed reality, artificial intelligence (AI), holographic computing, Cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT), collaborative databases and knowledge-based software tools to create a new data-driven ship services model.
A.P. Møller-Maersk has confirmed that it has begun using a new blockchain platform for marine hull insurance called Insurwave, having acted as the pilot client for the system built by a joint venture between EY and Guardtime.
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has announced a partnership with Microsoft to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) research to improve network operations and achieve efficiencies within the shipping industry, with more than 200 AI developers expected to be trained by the project over the next 12 months.
Japanese marine power and control systems company JRCS has partnered with Microsoft Japan to test how Microsoft’s HoloLens MR (mixed reality) headset and AI services on its Azure cloud platform could be applied to the creation of remote training and remote maintenance solutions, with the two companies also set to collaborate on creating a new digital platform to support self-navigating vessels.
BIMCO has launched a new software module called SmartCon, which aims to simplify work processes for users when drafting contracts and clauses based on BIMCO standards.
Navis, part of Cargotec Corporation, has partnered with Microsoft China, terminal equipment manufacturer ZPMC and infrastructure advisory firm Moffatt & Nichol to form a joint taskforce on automation systems for container terminals.
Maersk and a group of global partners, including financial services firm EY and software giant Microsoft, have announced the launch of a new blockchain platform for the marine insurance sector, planned to be implemented in 2018 having now completed a 20-week Proof of Concept phase.
Shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SK Shipping, Intel, Microsoft, the Ulsan Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (UCCEI) and the Daejeon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (DCCEI), which aims to create a new ‘Eco System’ for the development of smart ships.
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