Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has signed an agreement with Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) to jointly develop next-generation vessel monitoring and support systems for practical and commercialisation applications.

The collaborative development is expected to leverage real-time information acquired by MES-produced data-collecting units, while utilising MOL's expertise as a shipbuilder with the latest technologies, ICT, and system integrators.

It will also analyse short-cycle data and big data from various sources.

Additionally, joint initiative will enhance MOL's efforts to achieve the prevention of marine incidents and equipment failure, as well as optimised vessel routing, via the integration of ICT related components such as artificial intelligence.

Both entities have also decided to participate in an Autonomous Ocean Transport system R&D project, selected by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (MLIT) in this year’s Transportation Research and Technology Promotion Programme.

"The collaborative development is expected to leverage real-time information acquired by MES-produced data-collecting units, while utilising MOL's expertise as a shipbuilder with the latest technologies, ICT, and system integrators."

The project intends to identify and establish definite road maps for autonomous vessels in order to ensure safer and more efficient marine transportation services.

The companies have also invited other interested maritime companies, including engine makers and diesel generators, to provide innovative technologies that will help to devise the next-generation vessel monitoring and support systems.

MOL considers this joint development to comprise a part of the wider ‘Ishin Next – Mol Smart Ship Project’, which was announced in November last year to promote safe operation and eco-friendly services.

Image: Image of Next-generation Vessel monitoring and support system. Photo: © Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.