Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) plans to install a navigation system using augmented reality (AR) on 21 of the very large crude oil carriers operated by the group, the Japanese shipping company announced Monday.
The system displays information on other ships sailing on a vessel’s planned route as well as surrounding sea areas and ocean conditions on tablets and screens. It also integrates information from the Automatic Identification System and radar with real-time video images from the bridge camera.
“The system provides visual support to crew members during their watch-keeping and ship operations by using AR technology to superimposing real-time video imagery and voyage information,” MOL said in the statement announcing the plan.
The system, which used technology jointly developed by Furuno Electric Co. Ltd. and MOL Techno-Trade Ltd., already has been installed on the car carrier Beluga Ace, which was delivered in March 2018, and VLCC Suzukasan, delivered in October. MOL sequentially will install the system in its energy transport fleet, including LNG carriers, and its dry bulkers.
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