The collaboration between NYK and DNV GL, supported by engine manufacturer MAN Diesel & Turbo, started in November 2015. Over the past 18 months, four NYK container vessels have been uploading operational data to the platform. An extensive amount of engine data has been collected, for use in vessel performance analysis and a condition-based maintenance and survey scheme. The pilot project has been run in several phases. The first phase has been to build the required components, such as data collection and data management. The second phase focuses on testing data quality, security, access rights and curation of data for use in various applications such as predictive maintenance and vessel performance. And the upcoming third phase will look to pilot new digital business models.
“Information & Communication Technology (ICT) is growing rapidly and transforming traditional industries. In the maritime industry, we are now at the beginning of an era to pursue ICT-enhanced technical innovations where industry partners form organic collaborations,” says Tadaaki Naito, President of NYK. “IoT (Internet of Things) data produced by ships in operation is the key to such collaborations. We, NYK, need a secure, reliable, neutral, and competitive open ICT platform to share and utilize our data with industry partners, and proper business rules for accelerating data-driven innovations. The promotion of data sharing brings a new opportunity for talented ICT technicians and data scientists to step into our maritime industry, resulting in a co-evolution of our industry with digital talent that allows us to reach higher. We share such open platform concept with DNV GL and MAN, and are cooperating in the pilot process of proving the validity of the concept and building a real working platform by sharing NYK ships’ operational data with MAN over DNV GL’s Veracity industry data platform.“
“We are honoured that NYK and MAN Diesel & Turbo have entrusted us with their valuable data and worked to explore the future of maritime big data infrastructure, value creation and business models,” says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime. “As a classification society our main role is to assess the condition of the hull and critical components. With this pilot project we are able to test a sensor-based class concept where condition-based surveys may be performed. Furthermore, the project has allowed us to test how Veracity functions in terms of data quality, security and access rights. The pilot project has also been a valuable test bed for data standardisation and data quality, including curation of the data for further use.”
As part of the pilot project, a hierarchical data model is developed, creating a digital twin, which links sensor signals from equipment on board the vessels to support both simple queries and advanced analytics. Machine learning algorithms evaluate the data quality in terms of uniqueness, completeness, and a variety of other parameters. By drilling down into the data, the ship manager can see if all sensors on board the vessel are working properly and easily identify non-performing sensors which may lead to low data quality or missing data during a voyage.
NYK is one of the world's leading transportation companies. At the end of March 2017, the NYK Group was operating 799 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes and trucks. The company's shipping fleet includes 372 bulk carriers, 111 car carriers, 97 containerships (including semi-containerships), 70 LNG carriers (including those owned by equity method affiliates), 63 tankers, 43 wood-chip carriers, one cruise ship, and 42 other ships (including multipurpose and project cargo vessels). NYK's revenue in fiscal year 2016 exceeded $17 billion, and as a group NYK employs about 36,000 people worldwide. NYK is based in Tokyo and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo.