Industry-First Maritime Big Data Platform for Class NK


Fujitsu limited has brought out its first maritime big data platform for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, better known as Class NK.

Distinct features:

  • It is the first shared platform in the maritime industry.
  • Prepared to operate as a data center service by Ship Data Center Co., Ltd. (below, Ship Data Center), a subsidiary of ClassNK established in December 2015.
  • The platform collects and accumulates machinery operational data from moving vessels, such as engine data, as well as marine weather information, as big data.
  • The data obtained enables maritime businesses such as ship operators and shipyards to extract data about vessels under navigation, as needed, viz.,
    • Operations personnel to predict malfunctions using engine operations data, or
    • To achieve more energy-efficient operations using voyage data and marine weather data.
  • Fujitsu will support the further effective use of ship data by expanding the functionality of this maritime big data platform, contributing to the further development of the maritime industry.

System Summary

1. Able to build a data analysis and use system in a short time

The ship data center aggregates and stores navigational information sent from individual ships, such as from a VDR, operational and measurement information for engines and all manner of ship-mounted equipment (machinery data), and worldwide marine weather information.  Previously, in order to use ship data, maritime businesses had to individually collect the necessary data and integrate it as unified data, but now, because a wide variety of data is all collected together in the ship data center and is provided through a web API that can generate a specialized data format for each business, they no longer need to prepare their own system from scratch to make use of big data.  In addition, all sorts of data, collected in a variety of formats, can be converted to a variety of easier-to-use formats, such as CSV or JSON, when provided to users.

2. Security that makes it safe to use as an industry-wide platform

Because ship data is collected, stored, and transmitted through the internet, the ship data center features security functionality, such as data virus checking and user authentication.

Fujitsu, the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offers a full range of technology products, solutions and services.  Approximately 156,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries.  The company plans to expand the functionality of the ship data center, such as through the use of AI-based data analysis technology.  In addition, Fujitsu is currently working to support the regulations proposed as new international standards for the handling of ship data as soon as possible.

Source: Fujitsu Ltd.


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