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MOL to test intelligent awareness system

The Sunflower will test the new intelligent awareness technologies The Sunflower will test the new intelligent awareness technologies

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has agreed a deal with Rolls-Royce to collaborate in the testing of intelligent awareness systems for ships, starting with installation on board the 165m passenger ferry Sunflower, operated by MOL-Group Ferry Sunflower Limited on a 222-nautical mile route between Kobe and Oita via the Akashi Kaikyo, Bisan Seto and Kurushima Straits.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Rolls-Royce’s intelligent awareness technologies fuse data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar, to provide crews with a more detailed picture of their surroundings. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role, the company said.

“Ferry Sunflower operates in some of the most congested waters in the world and will provide an opportunity to test rigorously Rolls-Royce’s intelligent awareness system,” said Kenta Arai, director at Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.

“We also expect it to provide our crews with a more informed view of a vessel’s surroundings in an accessible and user friendly way. This can give our crews an enhanced decision support tool, increasing their safety and that of our vessels. This is a significant challenge to front-line technology leading to our ultimate goal of autonomous sailing.”

Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce director of digital & systems – Marine, said that the tests would help his company to discover how to most effectively combine sensor technologies, and how these can be best adapted to the needs of the end user.

Rolls-Royce expects to be able to undertake an Approval of Concept and have its intelligent awareness product commercially available before the end of this year.

In related news, MOL has also announced a separate agreement with Furuno to jointly develop a system that supports ship operations through the use of augmented reality (AR) technology.

The project will involve the development of systems to display information relating to other vessels sailing in the vicinity and landmarks like buoys at sea, based on data from the AIS.

Images taken from the bridge can be shown on the tablets providing this information, and can be overlapped with AR to provide visual support to crewmembers operating the ship and keeping watch during voyages.

MOL says it is also looking at ways to overlap displays of obstacles detected by radar, adding an Obstacle Zone by Target (OZT) algorithm to prevent collisions between vessels, and incorporating image recognition technologies to expand the functionality of the system.{/mprestriction}

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