NYK, one of the largest shipping companies, and Dualog, a cutting-edge innovator in maritime IT, have entered a strategic partnership, said representatives at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Oslo. “This strategic partnership agreement is the result of a long-term effort from both parties. By combining the best of breed from both shipping and IT, the parties seek to create the cutting-edge digital platform at sea,” said Morten Lind-Olsen, the CEO of Dualog. He is especially happy about the efforts that the Japanese government invested into realising the project.
An indication of the growing cooperation between the Japanese and Norwegian maritime industries, the partnership will focus on matters of automation, the Internet of Things (IoT) with the current aim of enhancing the onboard platform, and Big Data analysis for reliable and efficient data transfers as part of a long-term project. The aim is to benefit the maritime industry by advancing data gathering from an expanding array of on board sensors and monitoring equipment, creating reliable ship to shore communication, using data science and data analytics to benefit business development, looking at revenue and efficiency, advancing the monitoring of ship equipment, event analysis, and intelligent alerts, creating opportunities for preventive equipment maintenance, as well as focusing on automation and machine learning.
Additionally, the companies involved hope to establish standardised guidance for the industry on how to collect data by being at the forefront of the movement.
The signing ceremony of the partnership was held at Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries in Oslo attended by Svein Steimler, corporate officer of NYK Line and Morten Lind-Olsen, CEO of Dualog in front of Hiroshi Tabata, vice-minister for International Affairs of Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and Dilek Ayhan, deputy minister of Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and others from both the Japanese and Norwegian Government on Monday, 29th of May.
“When a Norwegian company from Tromsø can enter the demanding Japanese market, anything is possible!” said Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO of Innovation Norway.