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MOL upgrades AR navigation system

 

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced an upgrade to its Augmented Reality (AR) navigation system to further support vessel navigation and improve safety at sea. 

The AR Navigation System, which has been jointly developed with Furuno Electric, provides visual support to crewmembers during their watch-keeping and ship operations by using AR technology to superimpose images taken from the bridge and voyage information. The upgrade will enable the system to automatically display borders between deep-sea areas where vessels can navigate safely and shallower areas that may pose risks.

The previous system required manual setting to display shallow areas, but this upgrade allows for automatic full-time display of the Safety Contour in red, yellow, or orange (users can set the arbitrary color that they can easily scent the risk), supporting the navigators’ situation awareness visually.

The AR navigation system has already been installed on 24 MOL-operated very large crude carriers (VLCCs). MOL plans to expand the installation of the system to more vessels in the future, and is proceeding with trials on ships in its energy transport fleet including LNG carriers, as well as dry bulkers.

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