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MOL completes navigation technology assessment

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) reports that it has completed an assessment and feasibility study on a new navigation support system in conjunction with Japan’s National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) and the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT), using an NMRI-owned ship handling risk simulator.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system is built on an ‘Obstacle Zone by Target’ (OZT) algorithm that is used to support a seafarer’s ability to spot objects and determine whether they are a potential risk. The vessel collision avoidance algorithm feeds into the system’s bridge view display, which provides data on the positions of nearby vessels and risk assessment information.

MOL and its partners aim to continue research and development on the system with the goal of including augmented reality (AR) technologies to overlap AIS data in the display, as well as radar information and camera images from the bridge.

The long term goal is to use the technologies to enable autonomous sailing and automatic collision prevention in the future, MOL says.{/mprestriction}

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