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MOL joins navigation support system project Featured

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced the launch of an ambitious research partnership in Japan aimed at developing an advanced navigation support system for use at sea.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}MOL has will join MOL Techno-Trade, the National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, and the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) in working on the project, which will see the parties conduct research to improve safe navigation of both conventional ships as well as the autonomous ships of the future.

Specifically, this will include the development of a navigation support system incorporating an Obstacle Zone by Target (OZT) concept and application of a ship collision risk index. The project is also expected to include use of technologies such as Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA).

OZT is a zone where a potential risk of collision with a nearby ship has been identified, with that zone then displayed on the bridge to allow the watchstander to quickly identify whether the ship is at risk of a collision. The project will be led by TUMSAT honorary professor Dr Hayama Imazu.{/mprestriction}

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