Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that the company has started testing the Integrated LAN System, designed to share vessel information with shore-based offices. Tests of the system, developed in cooperation with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) and MOL Group MO Ship Management, will continue through November 2005. The test system includes recording devices such as voyage data recorder, which collects navigation information such as vesselís course, speed, etc., and engine data logger, which records engine rpm and other data such as temperatures and pressures in vital systems.
The test is expected to confirm the effectiveness of transmitting data between the vessel local area network (LAN) that links various recording devices on the containership MOL Express and the land based portal site that receives this information. MOL will transmit sample information using Inmarsat service to examine the possibility of sharing and more effectively using vessel information. MOL aims to develop the next-generation vessel operation and management system, gathering and utilizing information from multiple vessels and combining the MOL Groupís operational and management expertise with MESís experience in developing onboard LAN systems.