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MOL Launches VR Training Tool

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has announced that a new training session on ‘snap-back zones’, using virtual reality (VR) goggles, has been added to its mariner safety education programme.

The tool, which is based on VR technology created by Tsumiki Seisaku Co., enhances seafarers' risk perception by allowing them to visualize and virtually experience onboard accidents.

Advanced computer graphics will demonstrate incidents that can occur due to unsafe behaviour, leading to improved safety awareness.


Credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines


The new session is the fourth in a series, following training tools on ‘preventing accidental falls’, ‘cargo falling from cranes’ and ‘responses to onboard fires’.

Yvo Saanen, Pascal Bierhuizen and Arjen de Waal, TBA, explore high-definition simulation in a recent Port Technology technical paper

In this fourth scenario, VR displays a tow line between a tugboat and a merchant vessel breaking, snapping back, and hitting a seafarer in the back with great force.


Credit: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines


While this type of accident is difficult to show in a conventional video, because it takes place behind the seafarers, the realistic VR-based content results in a more effective training experience, allowing for changes in perspective and direction.

According to a statement, MOL aims to ensure stable cargo transport by meeting the needs of front-line seafarers for realistic training, with technology that will make the company a world leader in safe operations.

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