NAPA and FURUNO announce collaboration

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche

02 September 2016


NAPA and FURUNO announced yesterday an ongoing partnership designed to support the digital progress of the global maritime fleet. The two leaders in maritime data and electronics, have integrated NAPA Performance Monitoring and NAPA Logbook software with FURUNO hardware to offer a market-ready data logging and reporting solution using data signals already present onboard. This partnership offers a simple step forward into the Big Data era for ship owners, operators and managers with Internet of Things data-collection, electronic logging, and ship-shore and data-centre communications. The services offered will use existing FURUNO hardware and satellite communication solutions to support data-driven streamlining of operations, through business intelligence and boosting vessel performance, crew productivity and shore operation. The two data-led platforms offered form the basis of NAPA’s Shipping Solutions, designed to optimise vessel efficiency, safety, and enhance productivity both on-board and for shore based offices. Electronic data collection and analytics provide rationalised, easy-to-understand and accurate reporting to shore based management teams, and best-in-class data security through cloud storage. Furthermore, they support owners, operators and managers in addressing key challenges such as safety reporting, engine and waste logs, and providing a full reporting solution for the EU’s Monitoring Reporting and Verification (EU MRV) legislation. Juha Heikinheimo, President, NAPA Group commented: “NAPA would like to thank our partner FURUNO for their support and vision in the development of this project. NAPA and FURUNO’s offerings perfectly complement each other to deliver significant value to both parties, and to make a unique and fundamental contribution to the digitalisation of the international maritime industry and its fleet. The future of the industry is enhanced communications, greater scrutiny on reporting and monitoring, and the exploitation of Big Data to deliver excellence. Together NAPA and FURUNO can support and enhance that progression.” Muneyuki Koike, Senior Managing Director, FURUNO commented: “NAPA delivers excellent data collection, analysis and control solutions for the maritime industry. We are confident that the combination of NAPA’s Shipping Solutions and FURUNO’s expertise in navigation and communication equipment with its worldwide service network will create very powerful synergy, and we are looking forward to an exciting growth of the partnership within the maritime IoT world.”