ClassNK issues Innovation Endorsement to U-MING’s Fleet Safety Management System


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.

U-MING describes its proprietary FSM System as collecting near real-time information on vessels so that the crew and operations personnel can access the navigation information, critical safety systems, and engine performance data of their managing fleet from their centralized Fleet Operations Centre, with multiple types of alert function warning to assure safety standards and further reduce additional operating expenses caused by safety incidents.

U-MING also uses the FSM System to ensure its vessels adopt the most efficient route plans, thereby reducing fuel consumption and minimizing the impact of severe weather for improving the environmental sustainability of their operations.
In addition, the FSM System has been utilized to improve the overall teamwork between shore-side operations managers and crews.

Under Innovation Endorsement framework, ClassNK experts have verified the following functions of the 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.

“U-MING’s Fleet Safety Management solution has digitalized our vessels and operations and allowed U-MING to drastically improve the safety, transparency, and the efficiency of our operations.” says Mr. Jeff Hsu, Executive Vice President, U-MING. “Receiving ClassNK innovation certification is an essential milestone in our digitalization journey and our ultimate goal of becoming an industry leader in safety and green ship management.”

Mr. 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.”

Mr. Hayato Suga, ClassNK Corporate Officer, Director of Plan Approval and Technical Solution Division, commented that the endorsement recognises that the FSM System “represents U-MING’s initiative to lead the way of digital transformation for vessel management in the bulk shipping industry… Through our certification, we would like to keep on assisting their strong commitment to safe and efficient fleet operation.”