MOL Rolls Out Fleet Xpress Across Fleet
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) is to increase the roll-out of Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress Service, across the remainder of its owned and managed fleet.
The Japanese shipping company was among the earliest adopters of Fleet Xpress; deploying Inmarsat’s global high-speed broadband connectivity on the majority of its Car-Carriers in 2016, shortly after the launch of the next-generation service. Currently it has over 100 vessels installed. MOL will now install Fleet Xpress across its managed and owned fleet of Bulk carriers, Tankers, Pure Car Carriers, and LNG carriers.
Fleet Xpress has emerged as the market-leading pathway to digital transformation, which is being adopted by shipping companies in order to deliver improved vessel and fleet efficiency, boost profitability and enhance seafarer well being.
The fleet-wide commitment aligns strongly with MOL’s newly disclosed plans to scale up its digital activities. The global fleet operator sees the Internet of Things (IoT), in combination with advanced data analytics, as offering huge potential for improvements in safety, efficiency and environmental impact, driven by guaranteed, continuous connectivity on board its ships.
Exemplary of the types of project that will only be enabled through satellite communication connectivity has been MOL’s partnership with Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding and Weathernews on the new Fleet Optimal Control Unified System (FOCUS) platform. In its initial stages, FOCUS will see detailed voyage and engine data gathered from 150 vessels and stored in the cloud, where it will be available to build sophisticated analysis tools for improving operational efficiency and propulsion performance.