Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has completed Additional Development (Phase-2) of Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions (K-IMS), an integrated vessel operation and performance management system.
Developed in March 2016, K-IMS, jointly developed with the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, aims to maintain and improve vessel safety operation and environmental preservation.
K-IMS is based on two kinds of existing systems equipped on the K Line fleet: SPAS (Ship Performance Analysing System) which is the electrical AB log and vessel performance analysed, and EP-Monitor (Engine Plant Monitor), a remote monitoring system for the vessel engine plant condition. A new system has been made by integrating developed EP-Monitor, which is able to collect and observe all kinds of operation data including navigation data and NAVI (Optimum Navigation System).
K Line previously stated that by integrating these individual systems, the company is able to utilise the real-time operation data from vessels, so-called Big Data, in mutual systems. In addition, the integrated systems help to support vessel operation and manage vessel performance in an easy way by grasp of real-time vessel operating conditions, optimum safety route selection, the latest vessel performance and more through the new data browsing system developed by K Line.
Following the start of operation, the companies have been working on additional development of the system for purpose of further strengthening its safe and economic operation, which has now been completed.
The main items added in this development are:
K Line reports that it will make effective use of this system and will continue to focus on the development of engine plant operation support and trouble prediction diagnosis functions. The company also says that it will continue to work on environmental conservation by further safe and economic operations.