Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), MOL Coastal Shipping, and MOL Information Systems are set to start a demonstration test of a mooring rope with a built-in sensor and rope status monitoring system.

The focus of the test, which is aimed at stress-free cargo handling, will be on the mooring ropes that connect vessels to piers and other port facilities.

In order to address the issue with broken mooring ropes that pose a risk of serious accidents damaging port equipment and facilities, MOL, Teijin, and Tesac jointly developed a rope with a built-in sensor.

Using the mooring rope, the crew will be able to determine the rope’s tension and strength.

The mooring rope adopts Teijin’s Technora para-aramid fibre, which offers dimensional stability.

Partners will carry out the demonstration test with dry bulkship Cedros, which is operated by MOL Coastal Shipping. It will be equipped with the ropes and monitoring system.

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“Using the mooring rope, the crew will be able to determine the rope’s tension and strength.”

MOL will use the results of the demonstration test to adopt the mooring ropes and status monitoring system to improve safety during cargo handling operations in port and onboard.

The latest initiative is part of MOL’s technological development initiative, the ‘ISHIN NEXT – MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT.’

Through the knowledge gained with the development process, MOL will take a proactive step in adopting the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve safe operation and reduce the environmental impact of the vessels.

In September, MOL and Rolls-Royce jointly performed a series of tests onboard a 165m passenger ferry named Sunflower Gold. Tests were carried out to confirm the ability of intelligent awareness and machine-learning technologies to enhance the navigational safety of vessels.