AR Navigation System Earns Innovation Endorsement Certificate From ClassNK

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today announced that its AR navigation system, jointly developed with FURUNO Electric CO., LTD. (President: Yukio Furuno; Headquarters: Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo Prefecture), has acquired certification in the Products & Solutions (P&S) category of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)’s new “Innovation Endorsement” certification service tailored to innovative technologies and initiatives.

The AR Navigation System provides visual support to crewmembers during their watch-keeping and ship operations by using augmented reality (AR) technology to superimpose images taken from the bridge and voyage information.

AR Navigation System
Superimposed display of AR Navigation System (sample), Credits: MOL

ClassNK, a classification society, certifies products and solutions under the “Innovation Endorsement” certification for products that contribute to enhanced environmental protection and safety at sea by promoting their widespread use and development. Granting of the certification confirms a product’s capabilities to improve operating safety through the use of digital technology.
The AR navigation system has already been installed on MOL Group-operated vessels as required, and the group will use this certification as an opportunity to further expand the number of vessels equipped with this system.

MOL continually positions safety as a top priority, and proactively develops and improves products, including this AR navigation system, that contribute to the safety of marine traffic, with the aim of earning customers’ continued trust and becoming their first choice for shipping and logistics services.

Reference: MOL

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