MOL debuts virtual technology ship visits

Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has debuted a new virtual technology tool, which could change the way ships operate.

Vessel View VR has been created by local tech firm NURVE and has been installed on MOL’s car carrier Beluga Ace

“The vessel is huge, measuring 199.9m long and 32.2m wide, so it would be very difficult for in-person visitors to tour all areas of the ship within a limited time,” MOL pointed out in a release today, adding: “In addition, the vessel’s structure is difficult to grasp intuitively by looking only at the blueprints and photos. This initiative allows a simple, intuitive grasp of various on-board areas.”

Last year, MOL introduced a mariner safety education tool goggle, which uses virtual reality to replicate various training scenarios and work operations.

Readers can view the inside of the MOL car carrier by clicking here.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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