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Wednesday, December 15, 2021 

Classification Society ClassNK has granted its Innovation Endorsement for Products & Solutions to U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation’s Fleet Safety Management (FSM) System, co-developed and coded with the help of Ericsson, and which offers insight into navigation information, critical safety systems, and engine performance data.

The U-Ming proprietary FSM System collects near real-time information on vessels so that the crew and operations personnel can access data of their managing fleet from a centralised Fleet Operations Centre. With multiple types of alert functions, the company assures that “U-Ming can manage its fleet with the highest safety standards and can drastically reduce additional operating expenses caused by safety incidents”. U-Ming uses the FSM System to ensure vessels adopt the most efficient route plans, thereby reducing fuel consumption and minimising the impact of severe weather, and improving the environmental sustainability of operations. In addition, FSM System can improve the overall teamwork between shore-side operations managers and crews.

Under Innovation Endorsement framework, ClassNK experts have verified the functions of FSM System:

  1. Fleet Safety Monitoring,
  2. Fleet Performance Monitoring,
  3. Weather Forecasting System,
  4. Pirate Situation Awareness,
  5. Multi-Types of Alerts,
  6. Geographic Area Alerts.

Jeff Hsu, EVP U-Ming said: "U-Ming's Fleet Safety Management solution has digitalised our vessels and operations and allowed U-Ming to drastically improve the safety, transparency, and the efficiency of our operations. Receiving ClassNK innovation certification is an essential milestone in our digitalisation journey and our ultimate goal of becoming an industry leader in safety and green ship management.”

C.K. Ong, President, U-Ming, added: "U-Ming is the first dry bulk company to leverage ICT technology to make fleet management smarter and safer. We are sure that with ClassNK’s Innovation Endorsement, a tangible impact will be made on our business operations by improving operational efficiency, safety and to avoid any safety and regulatory noncompliance."

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