On July 10, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced a wide-ranging research partnership aimed at developing an advanced navigation support system. MOL has jointly agreed on the project with MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd., National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.
Advanced navigation support
In a 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 which guidies such as Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA).
OZT is a zone which has the potential risk of collision with a nearby ship. A display, which displays the OZT from the view on 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.
Smart ship project
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 ensures safe, reliable transport services.
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Source: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines