Jan 31, 2024 | Marine electronics & digitalisation news

Taiwan-based bulk shipping company Ta-Ho Maritime Corporation is strengthening its commitment to digitalising operations by installing Napa’s performance monitoring, voyage optimisation and navigational risk monitoring on eight vessels.

With enhanced fleet monitoring and management, Napa is supporting Ta-Ho in minimising fuel consumption and emissions. Under the deal, maritime software and data service provider Napa is delivering its next-generation Napa Fleet Intelligence software, providing Ta-Ho with a full-picture understanding of its operations, including fleet-wide intel on vessels’ locations, past voyages, performance, speed, voyage duration, and fuel consumption. The software has been certified by ClassNK’s Innovation Endorsement framework for its function of accurately assessing and optimising performance.

An initial pilot using Napa Voyage Optimization over two months has already demonstrated a total fuel saving potential of 4.0%. In addition to this, trials showed that a further 2.9% fuel saving was possible by improving vessels’ operational profile using recommendations from the platform. At the same time, using navigational risk monitoring allows teams to gain an overview of high-risk areas and map out voyages in line with this to minimise risk and maximise safety.

Furthermore, enhanced data collection and integration allows Ta-Ho’s teams to take a proactive approach to fleet management where, for example, insights on a vessel can help optimise maintenance schedules and manage ageing. This operational optimisation contributes to enhanced energy efficiency and safety. Greater intelligence on fleet performance will support decision-making in line with tightening environmental regulations, like the IMO CII and the EU ETS, allowing teams to make better-informed and strategic decisions to minimize their carbon footprint.

Ni Bo, Director Sales, Napa, said: “Digital solutions are empowering the industry to proactively comply with environmental regulations while also meeting operational and commercial goals. With Napa Fleet Intelligence, teams benefit from seamless data integration across systems to act on multiple fronts, from emissions reductions to stability and emergency response, with greater speed and accuracy.”

Alan Shieh, President Ta-Ho, said: “By adopting Napa Fleet Intelligence endorsed by ClassNK, we are investing in a trusted digital solutions partner to navigate shipping’s growing complexities. This partnership with Napa marks the next frontier on our digitalisation and decarbonisation journey. By building a fleet-wide operations database, we can reap the rewards of data-driven optimization and stay ahead of the curve in terms of compliance with environmental regulations.”

Junichi Kawakami, Regional Manager ClassNK Taiwan, added: “ClassNK extends congratulations for the successful deployment and demonstration of Napa’s solution aboard the Ta-Ho Maritime fleet. This accomplishment is anticipated to contribute not only to Ta-Ho’s operational optimisation but also to the broader goal of decarbonization. As a third-party organization, we will continue to provide transparent and reliable certification to encourage the adoption of innovative technologies in the shipping industry.”

Image: Screenshot of a potential route on Napa Voyage Optimization for a bulker (Source: Napa)

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