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Thursday, October 17, 2019 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Furuno Electric have demonstrated an Augmented Reality (AR) navigation system for large tankers at the ENOC Marine Conference and OCIMF Middle East Regional Marine Forum in Dubai.

The AR Navigation System provides visual support to crewmembers during watch-keeping and ship operations by using AR technology to superimpose real-time video imagery and voyage information. The system displays information on other vessels sailing on a vessel's planned route and surrounding sea areas and other ocean conditions, such as shallow waters, on tablets and screens. It integrates information from the AIS and radar with real-time video images from the bridge camera in collaboration with Furuno's ECDIS.

Deep-draught tankers require very careful ship operations in waters such as the Strait of Malacca, a highly congested shipping lane. If a collision or grounding occurred, it could lead to an oil spill and serious environmental disaster. The AR System can display combined real-time video images and vessel course information from nautical instruments on a display in the bridge even in congested sea lanes. It allows mariners, at a glance, to ensure that they are on a safe course, and alerts them to nearby vessels that could pose a risk, shallow sea areas, and other potential hazards. Using feedback gained from the demonstration, MOL will continue to work closely with Furuno to study further upgrades to the system.

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