SSAP (Smart Ship Application Platform)
|Name of testbed
Location of testbed
Time and duration of testbed
Funding program and budget
Application platform for data sharing at sea
Ships(The sea near the shore of Japan)
Test site on the Land of Japan
Jan.2014 – Mar.2017
Planned, partly On-going
Dr. Hideyuki Ando (MTI : Research company of NYK group)
Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA)
JSMEA, Class NK
Class NK Research Program
Approx. 1.2 Million USD (120 Million JPY)
Class NK funding + participant fees from members
Onboard and shore-based application services that use data from navigation, machinery, and other onboard equipment, including the ones listed below, are increasingly common.
The concept of Smart Ships is to realize safety and energy efficient operations by making use of these application services. The target of the SSAP Project is designed to help application services easily access data from onboard machinery and equipment so that as many application services as possible will be provided.
To make extensive use of measurement data and event data of onboard machinery and equipment, it is necessary to time-synchronized data on navigation part, machinery part, and hull part. It is also necessary to consolidate and disclose such data. In the SSAP Project, onboard and shore data servers will share such data. Furthermore, data will be standardized if necessary. This way, data will be time-synchronized, consolidated and disclosed in the project. The standardization of data shared by the data servers and the application program interface (API) between onboard machinery & equipment and the data servers will make it easier to provide application services and reduce interface costs.
Having its secretariat within the Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA), the SSAP Project is made up of 29 member companies and organizations and nine observer companies and organizations. The members include a wide variety of stakeholders, such as shipping companies, shipbuilders, machinery and equipment manufacturers and application service vendors. The project is operated with a research fund of 1.2 million yen, which is shouldered by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) and participants. The 4.5-year project, which began in December 2012, will continue until March 2017.
In the SSAP Project, two ships are in operation for various tests, which are being carried out to share data on an onboard data server and to send and receive data to and from shore-based application services in a ship-shore communication system.
・Ferry “Sunflower Shiretoko” (retro-fit)
・Gross ton ：11,400
・L :190m B :26.4m
・Route : Ooarai (Ibaragi prefecture)～Tomakomai(Hokkaido)
・Installation in Jan 2014
Master database server in a bridge Test application services
・Crude-oil Carrier “SHINKYOKUTO MARU” (New building)
・L :105m B :16m
・Route: Onahama (Fukushima) – Hirono (Fukushima)
・Installation before sea trial（Ship is in service from April 2014）
Test application services