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Friday, March 5, 2021 

Tokyo-based e5 Lab has announced the establishment of 'Marindows', described as the world’s most advanced information technology (IT) to Japan’s maritime industry.

e5Lab is a joint venture by four companies - Asahi Tanker, Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui OSK Lines and Mitsubishi Corporation - that aims to develop electrically powered, zero-emission vessels.

Japan's maritime industry has faced extremely complex and difficult-to-solve social, environmental, and economic issues. These include a shortage of manpower, global-scale environmental issues, and intense competition from overseas such as China and South Korea. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has promoted legislation aimed at improving productivity and creating a more attractive work environment in the maritime industry and enhance the business foundation of the Maritime sector.

The next-generation services and systems inspired by digital transformation create completely new values and businesses, while the maritime industry is being left behind due to various hurdles such as difficulty in development of communication environment and longstanding business practices. To address this, an ocean broadband (ocean BB) service is scheduled to begin in 2022.

Looking toward ocean BB communication, Marindows and a group of industry partners will develop a streamlined digital platform (ocean OS 'Marindows'), which allows for evolution and expansion by drawing upon the power of the information and communication revolution. With the OS “Marindows” as the driving force, the company will address social, environmental, and economic issues facing the maritime industry. e5 labs says that Marindows will lead the industry toward a sustainable world by connecting various system on land and sea.

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