Japan: NYK to Introduce Onboard Broadband Communication System on All Containerships
NYK has decided to introduce an onboard broadband communication system on all its containerships with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions during ship operations.
Onboard tests of the broadband communication system started in October 2010 on various types of vessels, and the results have been studied. When the system is introduced as part of the IBIS (innovative bunker and idle-time saving) project that NYK has implemented on its containerships to achieve optimal economic ship operation, real-time large-volume data communication between land and ships can be achieved. The results of the tests showed that the large volume of assorted data required for reducing CO2 emissions can be obtained in real time. The new system enables the acquisition of more specific weather and sea-current forecast information on board, improves the automatic transmission of ship operation data and ship operation monitoring on land, and speeds up information-sharing and communication between staff on land and on board vessels. In response to these test results, NYK has decided to move from a testing phase to actual, sequential installation of the system on all its containerships to promote the IBIS project, and is to introduce the system onto car carriers, bulkers, tankers, and LNG carriers.
This initiative is aimed at putting into practice methods that meet the challenges for safe operation and fuel reduction that were initiated under the medium-term management plan “More Than Shipping 2013” announced in March 2011. These challenges include sharing real-time information between land and ships, and pursuing optimal ship operation to reduce fuel consumption.
The introduction of an onboard broadband communication system will not only contribute to a reduction in CO2 emissions during ship operation but will also bring fringe benefits, such as enabling crew members to communicate with their families via the Internet.
Aiming at improving the fuel consumption rate by 10 percent by FY 2015 compared to the FY 2010 level, as proposed in “More Than Shipping 2013,” the NYK Group continues to strive for environment protection through the development of environment-friendly vessels and optimal ship operations.
Source: NYK, March 9, 2012