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ClassNK approves U-MING’s fleet safety management system

Right: Mr. Jeff Hsu, executive vice president, U-MING; Left: Mr. Junichi Kawakami, regional manager, ClassNK. Image source: Asa of FEG DRIVE Right: Mr. Jeff Hsu, executive vice president, U-MING; Left: Mr. Junichi Kawakami, regional manager, ClassNK. Image source: Asa of FEG DRIVE

ClassNK has granted its innovation endorsement for products & solutions to U-MING Marine Transport Corporation (U-MING)’s fleet safety management (FSM) system, co-developed and coded with the help of Ericsson.

In July 2020, to promote the spread and development of innovative technologies, the Society launched Innovation Endorsement as a swift certification service in cooperation with technological front runners to establish appropriate evaluation criteria. Among the certification categories, "Products & Solutions" covers digital equipment and software technology installed for use on vessels.

U-MING describes its proprietary FSM System collects near real-time information on vessels so that the crew and operations personnel can access the navigation information, critical safety systems, and engine performance data of their managing fleet from their centralised Fleet Operations Centre.

With multiple types of alert functions, the company assures that “U-MING can manage its fleet with the highest safety standards and can drastically reduce additional operating expenses caused by safety incidents”.

U-MING also uses FSM System to ensure its vessels adopt the most efficient route plans, thereby reducing fuel consumption and minimising the impact of severe weather for improving the environmental sustainability of its operations. In addition, FSM System has been utilised to improve the overall teamwork between shore-side operations managers and crews.

Under Innovation Endorsement framework, ClassNK experts have verified the functions of FSM System, 1. Fleet Safety Monitoring, 2. Fleet Performance Monitoring, 3. Weather Forecasting System, 4. Pirate Situation Awareness, 5. Multi-Types of Alerts, 6. Geographic Area Alerts. On the satisfactory completion of the review, ClassNK has issued an Innovation Endorsement certificate for Products & Solutions to U-MING.

"U-MING's Fleet Safety Management solution has digitalised our vessels and operations and allowed U-MING to drastically improve the safety, transparency, and the efficiency of our operations," said Mr. Jeff Hsu, executive vice president, U-MING." Receiving ClassNK innovation certification is an essential milestone in our digitalisation journey and our ultimate goal of becoming an industry leader in safety and green ship management.”

Mr. C.K. Ong, president, U-MING, commented: "U-MING is the first dry bulk company to leverage ICT technology to make fleet management smarter and safer." We are sure that with ClassNK’s Innovation Endorsement, a tangible impact will be made on our business operations by improving operational efficiency, safety and to avoid any safety and regulatory noncompliance."

Mr. Hayato Suga, corporate officer, director of plan approval and technical solution division, added, “Recognising that FSM System represents U-MING’s initiative to lead the way of digital transformation for vessel management in the bulk shipping industry, we have been glad to verify their functions as the third-party. Through our certification, we would like to keep on assisting their strong commitment to safe and efficient fleet operation.”

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