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Sunday, December 23, 2018 

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, MOL Techno-Trade, the National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI) and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) have jointly conducted an assessment and feasibility study on advanced navigation support systems, using the NMRI-owned ship handling risk simulator.

During watch-keeping operations, navigating officers must first be able to see an object, and then judge whether that object poses a risk to the vessel. If that is the case, the vessel must take some action to avoid the risk, such as veering, slow steaming, and so on.

However, by adopting an Obstacle Zone by Target (OZT) algorithm, tested by the project partners,  vessel can find an area where it can navigate safely. In addition, the system's bridge view display allows mariners to determine the positions of nearby vessels and hazards.

MOL and its partners will continue the research and development, as part of a wider project to realise augmented reality (AR) technology in shipping.

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