HMM opens new Fleet Control Centre in Busan

HMM unveiled its land-based ‘Fleet Control Centre’ located at its R&D facilities in Busan, South Korea.

This centre has been newly designed to effectively monitor and control the operation of HMM’s modern fleet including 12 container ships of 24,000TEU nominal capacity and eight 16,000TEU vessels.

The Seoul-based carrier completed the delivery of the 24,000TEU ships in September 2020, while the eight 16,000TEU vessels will be included in its fleet in the second quarter of 2021.

The newly-launched Fleet Control Centre provides an integrated platform for vessel-to-shore data and increased connectivity, according to HMM, while its real-time monitoring system offers plenty of information with full visibility including vessel performance, locations, fuel consumption, ocean weather and cargo information.

All twenty ships feature the latest smart ship solutions, HMM said in its announcement.

“We will also gradually apply the smart ship solutions not only to our newbuilds but also to the other ships already in operation,” commented Jae-hoon Bae, president & CEO of HMM.

The vessels can also benefit from a remote control system which supports a wide range of vessel operations including inspection and repair works on the machinery on ships, added HMM.

Furthermore, each vessel is encouraged to identify and react to an unexpected threat or obstacle both on board and around the ship by sharing information with the Fleet Control Centre in a timely manner.

HMM said it will continue to analyse the operational efficiency and explore the commercial viability of autonomous ships based on big data collected from the centre.

“Digital capabilities have become a key element in securing a competitive edge,” pointed out Jae-hoon Bae, who went on saying, “We will accelerate efforts to enhance operational excellence and efficiency in our fleet management.”

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