MOL deploys virtual reality goggles to improve safety

Japan’s largest shipowner Mitsui OSK Line (MOL) is using virtual reality to improve seafarer safety.

MOL has developed a mariner safety education tool goggle with compatriot firm Tsumiki Seisaku to replicate various training scenarios and work operations, which it says offers “a new level of realism and immersion”.

“This tool will increase seafarers’ safety awareness and contribute to the elimination of onboard industrial accidents caused by unsafe behavior in actual operation by using VR technology and defining safety measures,” MOL said in a release today.

Initially the training content will focus on preventing accidental falls, a major cause of injuries.

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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