Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) intends to equip its vessels with Collision Avoidance System. As part of improving the efficiency of maritime transport program, the company plans to actively implement the information exchange system. In particular, it will be used specifically for predicting dangerous situations by artificial intelligence. The first tests of the system are expected to be new vessels of Mitsui OSK Lines, which will enter in operation from 2022. After that, each year, the company will collect obtained by the program data and analyze them, estimating if the implementation of Collision Avoidance System is worthy for navigation and can be implemented on other vessels.
In the future, cargo ships may install other advanced systems to simplify their operations. Thus, the possibility of the introduction of automatic setting technology in ship docking and independent access to the sea. In an ideal scenario, the company intends to establish a system of fully autonomous, unmanned management, which will reduce the cost of cargo transportation by sea.
The company is building an average of 10 to 20 new ships per year and each technology will be tested on them individually.
Mitsui OSK Lines is a Japanese transport company headquartered in Toranomon, Tokyo, Japan. The company’s main area of operations is international shipping.
In October 2016, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) agreed to merge their container shipping business via establishing a completely new joint venture company. The integration will also include their overseas terminal activities. The new Company shall start operations from April 2018.