NYK Installs “J-Marine NeCST” Ship Navigation Support Tool on Asuka II

January 24, 2018

The first commercial product of the “J-Marine NeCST”* ship navigation support tool has been installed on board Asuka II, a cruise ship owned and operated by NYK Cruises Co. Ltd. Having a variety of integrated operational information on a large screen display on the bridge is expected to result in safer voyages.

J-Marine NeCST, jointly developed by NYK, MTI Co. Ltd., and Japan Radio Co. Ltd., has been tested on NYK Group operated ships and completed trials at sea, and will begin to be used on Asuka II during its 39-day “2018 Oceania Grand Cruise” from January 28.

From an early stage, the NYK Group has been focused on making use of big data and is currently taking advantage of data analysis to address a variety of issues. The NYK Group aims to achieve further high-quality safe operation by merging technology and the wealth of data the company has accumulated over the years.

* J-Marine NeCST (“NeCST” is pronounced “Next”)
A ship navigation support tool that allows users to easily plan routes using the handwriting function of the electronic navigational chart, in addition to managing and sharing operational data using integrated information such as meteorological and hydrographical forecasts.

Reference
Announcement on May 17, 2017, “New Navigation Support Tool Allows Handwritten Inputs and Overlapping Weather Information on Electronic Charts,”
http://www.nyk.com/english/news/2017/1187858_1553.html

Announcement on January 19, 2018, “NYK to Boost Crisis Response Capability by Installing Navigation Support Tool at Head Office,”
http://www.nyk.com/english/news/2018/1189760_1687.html

MTI Co. Ltd.
Head office: Tokyo
President: Yasuo Tanaka
Shareholder: NYK 100%
Website: http://www.monohakobi.com/en/

NYK Cruises Co. Ltd.
Head office: Yokohama
President: Hiroshi Hattori
Shareholder: NYK 100%
Website: https://www.asukacruise.co.jp/english/

Japan Radio Co. Ltd.
Head office: Tokyo
President: Kenji Ara
Website: http://www.jrc.co.jp/eng/index.html

NYK Line, press release