Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has developed virtual reality (VR) technology into an education tool that can be used at sea and on land to improve mariner safety.
In an announcement, the tenth biggest containership operator said it had developed the technology with Japanese simulation specialist company Tsumiki Seisaku, and that it will start to roll out the tool throughout its fleets so that crew can replicate various training scenarios and work operations.
MOL stated that this kind of training was “a difficult task” to carry out before the invention of the new portable goggle technology, with the solution offering “a new level of realism and immersion” to make it possible for seafarers to train safely regardless of location.
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In the statement, MOL added: “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.
“Initially the training content focuses on preventing accidental falls, a major cause of injuries, and will be expanded to cover other training needs.
“MOL will introduce the tool to more vessels while expanding the range of simulated experiences to provide more training in onboard safety.
“MOL strives to increase safety awareness among mariners who are on the front lines of vessel safety, aiming at safe, stable cargo transport as it forges ahead to become the world leader in safe operation.”