HMM opens new Fleet Control Centre in Busan after delivery of new box ships
SOUTH Korean ship owner HMM has opened a new Fleet Control Centre located at its R&D facilities in Busan, which is designed to monitor and control the operation of its modern fleet including twelve 24,000 TEU and eight 16,000 TEU containerships
SOUTH Korean ship owner HMM has opened a new Fleet Control Centre located at its R&D facilities in Busan, which is designed to monitor and control the operation of its modern fleet including twelve 24,000 TEU and eight 16,000 TEU containerships.
HMM has completed the delivery of all twelve 24,000 TEU containerships in September while all the eight 16,000 TEU containerships will join its fleet in the second quarter of 2021. All 20 vessels feature smart ship solutions, Colchester's Seatrade Maritime News reported.
The Fleet Control Centre provides an integrated platform for vessel-to-shore data and increased connectivity. The real-time monitoring system offers full visibility including vessel performance, locations, fuel consumption, weather and cargo information.
The vessels can also benefit from a remote control system that supports a wide range of vessel operations including inspection and repair works on the machinery on ships. 'Digital capabilities have become a key element in securing a competitive edge,' said Bae Jae-hoon, president and CEO of HMM.
'We will accelerate efforts to enhance operational excellence and efficiency in our fleet management. We will also gradually apply the smart ship solutions not only to our newbuilds but also to the other ships already in operation,' he added.
HMM said it will also continue to analyse the operational efficiency and explore the commercial viability of autonomous ships based on data collected from the centre.