Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) is working with maritime software and data analysis provider Napa and class society ClassNK to develop a navigational risk monitoring system which will be adopted by MOL’s 700-vessel fleet to help reduce the risk of ship groundings, reads an official press release.
This comes after MOL was embroiled in a serious ship grounding in Mauritius in July 2020. A Capesize bulk carrier, owned by Changfeng Steamship subsidiary Okiyo Maritime, managed by Nagashiki Shipping and chartered to MOL, crashed into a reef on the Indian Ocean island.
Wakashio grounded on the shore near Pointe d’Esny causing a large oil spillage and two years of expensive salvage and wreck removal work.
This was caused by the crew sailing the bulk carrier too close to the shore to pick up coverage for their mobile phones during an onboard party, investigators discovered during their research into the accident.
Navigational risk monitoring system
Seeking to prevent a similar accident happening again, MOL has developed this navigational risk monitoring system with Napa and ClassNK.
This system will increase safety across MOL’s fleet by predicting grounding risks in advance and alerting shoreside teams, giving them greater situational awareness of navigation risks.
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