Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro
Ikeda) has announced a wide-ranging research partnership aimed at developing an
advanced navigation support system, says a release.
MOL has jointly agreed on
the project with MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. (President: Hirokazu Hatta;
headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), National Institute of Maritime, Port and
Aviation Technology (President: Dr. Hiroyuki Yamato, headquarters: Mitaka-shi,
Tokyo), and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT;
President: Dr. Toshio Takeuchi; location: Minato-ku, Tokyo).
In the joint study, all parties will conduct basic research on
advanced navigation support system, which is indispensable for safe navigation
of conventional ships as well as the autonomous ships of the future, under the
instruction and leadership of TUMSAT Honorary Professor Dr. Hayama Imazu.
Specifically, the joint study
aims to develop a navigation support system that introduces the concept of
Obstacle Zone by Target (OZT), one of the ship collision risk index, leading to
the application of technologies such as Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA).
OZT is a zone where has the potential risk of collision with a nearby ship. A
display, which displays the OZT on the view from the bridge so as to match the
OZT's direction to that of the view, makes it easy to determine whether the
ship is at risk of a collision.
MOL group continues to promote its technological development
project, "ISHIN NEXT - MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT -", and takes a
proactive stance in moving ahead to develop and introduce technologies that
will contribute to reducing environmental impact and ensuring safe, reliable