Nobu Su is the Chairman of the Taipei-based shipping company Today Makes Tomorrow (TMT) as well as an environmentalist, philanthropist and vocal proponent of increased participation of Asian shipping companies in the global market.

TMT Co. Ltd was founded in 1958 by Mr. Ching Wun Su as Taiwan Maritime Transport Co. Ltd, and later rebranded under its current name Today Makes Tomorrow. Owning over dozens of ships, the company plays a major role in the global shipping industry.
With over 50 years of experience in the maritime industry, Nobu is also renowned for his inventions in the field of shipping and communication technology, holding over ten registered patents. His best-known technologies are OceanNet and Hybrid Deballasting Ship, who both had a great impact on the environment and the shipping industry.


OCEANNET, a system which enables the transmission and reception of data via an offshore mobile communications network. OCEANNET was originally devised as a cost-effective ship-to-shore communications network allowing shipping crews to contact their families, but is also used in ship-to-ship transmissions for safety.

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Hybrid Deballasting Ship

Nobu Su’s ‘Hybrid Deballasting Ship’ technology, was especially developed to reduce CO2 emissions and mitigate the problem of ballast water contamination. It reduces a ship’s requirement for ballast water between 10-20%, thus minimizing harm to marine life. Meanwhile, the use of a conventionally driven main propeller and an electrically driven duct propeller reduce CO2 emissions because less energy is needed to achieve the required speed.

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Underdeck Piping

Su has also designed an underdeck piping structure for ships, which he patented in Japan, Korea and China, which he has allowed shipping companies to use without license. Su’s underdeck piping system for ships is currently in commercial use.

Su has a registered patent on a technology called Time Stamp which seeks to eliminate email fraud with a unique time signature for users.

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