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Ta-Ho invests in digitalization to reduce emissions and improve fleet management

Agreement with NAPA follows a successful pilot that demonstrated 4% fuel saving potential through operational profile optimization, enabling Ta-Ho to accelerate its sustainability journey.

Ta-Ho invests in digitalization to reduce emissions and improve fleet management

Screenshot of a potential route on NAPA Voyage Optimization for a bulker

Helsinki, Finland; 31 January 2024 – Ta-Ho Maritime Corporation, one of the leading bulk shipping companies in Taiwan, strengthens its commitment to digitalizing operations by installing NAPA’s performance monitoring, voyage optimization and navigational risk monitoring on eight vessels. With enhanced fleet monitoring and management, NAPA is supporting Ta-Ho in minimizing fuel consumption and emissions.

Under the deal, NAPA, a global provider of maritime software and data services, is delivering its next-generation NAPA Fleet Intelligence software, providing Ta-Ho with a full-picture understanding of its operations, including fleet-wide intel on vessels’ locations, past voyages, performance, speed, voyage duration, and fuel consumption. The software has been certified by ClassNK’s Innovation Endorsement framework for its function of accurately assessing and optimizing performance.

An initial pilot using NAPA Voyage Optimization over two months has already demonstrated a total fuel saving potential of 4.0%. In addition to this, trials showed that a further 2.9% fuel saving was possible by improving vessels’ operational profile using recommendations from the platform. At the same time, using navigational risk monitoring allows teams to gain an overview of high-risk areas and map out voyages in line with this to minimize risk and maximize safety.

Furthermore, enhanced data collection and integration allows Ta-Ho’s teams to take a proactive approach to fleet management where, for example, insights on a vessel can help optimize maintenance schedules and manage aging. This operational optimization contributes to enhanced energy efficiency and safety.

Greater intelligence on fleet performance will support decision-making in line with tightening environmental regulations, like the IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), allowing teams to make better-informed and strategic decisions to minimize their carbon footprint.

Ni Bo, Director of Sales at NAPA, said: “Digital solutions are empowering the industry to proactively comply with environmental regulations while also meeting operational and commercial goals. With NAPA Fleet Intelligence, teams benefit from seamless data integration across systems to act on multiple fronts, from emissions reductions to stability and emergency response, with greater speed and accuracy.”

Alan Shieh, President at Ta-Ho, commented: “By adopting NAPA Fleet Intelligence endorsed by ClassNK, we are investing in a trusted digital solutions partner to navigate shipping’s growing complexities. This partnership with NAPA marks the next frontier on our digitalization and decarbonization journey. By building a fleet-wide operations database, we can reap the rewards of data-driven optimization and stay ahead of the curve in terms of compliance with environmental regulations.”

Junichi Kawakami, Regional Manager at ClassNK Taiwan, added: “ClassNK extends congratulations for the successful deployment and demonstration of NAPA’s solution aboard the Ta-Ho Maritime fleet. This accomplishment is anticipated to contribute not only to Ta-Ho’s operational optimization but also to the broader goal of decarbonization. As a third-party organization, we will continue to provide transparent and reliable certification to encourage the adoption of innovative technologies in the shipping industry.”

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About Ta-Ho

Founded in 1979 at Taiwan and with a rich history dating back almost half a century, our unwavering commitment to precision, reliability, and innovation has propelled us to remarkable success on the global stage. This journey reflects resilience, adaptability, and a commitment to quality service of unparalleled expertise. Ta-Ho Maritime Corporation has transformed from transporting cement around the Island to one of the leading dry bulk shipping companies in global shipping arena. Acting as a shipowner and operator in the ever-evolving world of maritime logistics for dry bulk commodities, Ta-Ho has worked closely with main CLASS societies, RightShip, flag states and port states to redefine the standards for a forward-thinking approach to greater future. In addition, Ta-Ho has committed to provide the industry with its full support for digitalization, decarbonization and implementation of sustainable operations by conducting diverse environmental management systems including ISO 14064-1:2018, ISO 14001:2015, ISO 50001 and other industry standards.

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About NAPA

With over 30 years of operation, NAPA is a leading software and data services provider for ship design and operations to enable a safer, more sustainable, and future-proof maritime industry. Headquartered in Finland, NAPA employs 200 experts, combining expertise in naval architecture, fleet operations and digital services. NAPA operates globally, with a presence in Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, the USA, Germany, Greece, Romania and India.

With over 90% of new vessels built by NAPA customers, NAPA’s ship design software is the global de facto standard in shipbuilding. Furthermore, NAPA is a market leader in ship stability management and safety data services for passenger ships, and its cloud-based solutions for ship performance monitoring and voyage optimization support shipping’s decarbonization journey.

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About ClassNK

Established in 1899, ClassNK is a classification society dedicated to safety and environmental protection through third-party certification. ClassNK has conducted diverse technical services including surveys and classifications of ships and marine structures based on its own rules, international conventions on behalf of more than 100 flag states, management system certifications in line with ISO and other industry standards. ClassNK has committed to provide the industry with its full support to pave the way for digitalization and decarbonization challenges through the expanding certification service and R&D with industry partners.

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Rohini Lakhani

BLUE Communications

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