Following two-ship trials, augmented reality (AR) navigation systems are to be installed on 21 very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs) operated by the Japanese giant Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).
The system was tested on MOL’s first next-generation Flexie series car carrier Beluga Ace, 63,115gt, delivered in March last year, and the VLCC Suzukasan, 312,037dwt, delivered in October last year
MOL said it was installing this navigation system on the VLCC fleet because due to their deep draft, the vessel operations require special care when navigating waters such as the Singapore and Malacca Straits, which are heavily trafficked sea lanes that have limited areas.
MOL said it plans to install the system in its energy transport fleet, including LNG carriers as well as its dry bulk carriers to provide seafarers with greater support in watchkeeping and ship operation during voyages.
The AR system was jointly developed by MOL Techno-Trade and Furuno Electric. Information on other vessels sailing on a vessel’s planned route and surrounding sea areas and other ocean conditions, such as shallow waters, are displayed on tablets and screens.