Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has introduced an advanced augmented reality (AR) navigation technology to instill a culture of safe operation in sea routes around the world.
MOL President & CEO Junichiro Ikeda and Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. President Yukio Furuno introduced the advanced AR-based Navigation System to about 200 tanker industry representatives at the at Maritime Conference in Dubai.
They made a joint presentation of the ICT-based ship operation tool and MOL’s efforts to “forge ahead to become the world leader in safe operation.”
The presentation gained considerable interest among tanker industry representatives in attendance at the ENOC Marine Conference and OCIMF Middle East Regional Marine Forum recently.
The AR Navigation System provides visual support to crewmembers during their watch-keeping and ship operations by using AR technology to superimpose real-time video imagery and voyage information.
AR Navigation System can display combined real-time video images and vehicle course information from nautical instruments on a display in the bridge even in congested sea lanes.
“Large tankers, which have a deep draft, require very careful ship operations in waters such as the Strait of Malacca, a highly congested shipping lane. If a collision or grounding occurred, it could lead to an oil spill and serious environmental disaster,” MOL said.
Since it allows mariners, at a glance, to ensure that they are on a safe course, it also alerts them from nearby vessels that could pose a risk, shallow sea areas, and other potential hazards.
MOL would continue working very closely with Furuno in upgrading further the system, to ensure that the AR Navigation System would contribute to marine traffic safety through “the eyes of the captains and officers.”
MOL has positioned itself as a company that use safe operation as a social commitment and the highest priority in all of its business activities. The company aims to become the world leader in safe operation.