Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL;
President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) recently announced an agreement with
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (President: Yukio Furuno; Headquarters:
Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo Prefecture) and MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. (President:
Hirokazu Hatta; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo) to jointly develop a system that
supports ship operation during voyages using augmented reality (AR) technology.
Information, such as other ships sailing around the vessel and
landmarks such as buoys at sea, can be shown on tablets and other displays,
based on data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS).
Images of landmarks taken
from the bridge can also be shown on the same displays, and these images will
overlap with AR to provide visual support to crew members operating ships and
keeping watch during voyages.
MOL is looking at ways to
overlap displays of obstacles taken by radar, adding an Obstacle Zone by Target
(OZT), which is an algorithm to prevent collisions between vessels, and
supplementing displays of obstacles using image recognition technologies.
Functions will be improved during FY2018.
In addition, MOL expects this technology to
play a key role in realizing autonomous ships in the future.
MOL has moved ahead with advanced
support of safe operation and reduction of its environmental impact, as set out
in the “ISHIN NEXT – MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT -,” started in November 2016, and
aims to become customers’ first choice as a logistics partner by applying ICT
technology to improve service quality and efficiency.