NYK tool to streamline safety management

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter · 04 December 2018


Japanese ship operator has developed a new tool aimed at reducing the burden on crew of recording and reporting safety and related matters. The new platform that the NYK Group has developed for ship management has been dubbed NiBiKi. The data produced will be shared with five ship-management companies including three within the NYK Group overseeing about 260 vessels.

Under existing SMS procedures used by the five companies, crew are required to make daily reports about safety management to the ship-management company. This was paper intensive and time consuming but also inefficient because each vessel and ship-management company would file the data independently. The NYK Group developed NiBiKi to reduce crew reporting workload and enable the data to be easily shared and used by NYK and the ship-management companies.


NiBiKi is a platform that digitalises applications, approval, and operation workflow within the safety management system. By simply following the instructions and inputting appropriate information in provided forms, crews can correctly apply for approval, and that information can be automatically recorded, thus ensuring appropriate procedures by the crews. Moreover, the NiBiKi system enables data to be shared between the ship-operation company and the management company and accumulated for high-quality big data analysis.

The NYK Group will proactively use big data for further safety improvements and will develop a more comprehensive system that includes crew performance records, such as education and drills completed.

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