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July 30, 2018

VR Technology Allows Virtual Ship Visits
- Introducing Vessel View VR on Next-generation Car Carrier -

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced the introduction of the Vessel View VR, a virtual reality system that allows for virtual ship visits, based on technology developed by NURVE, Inc. (President: Hideki Tada; Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).

Vessel View VR opens up new opportunities and provides access to information that until now has been limited in conventional ship visits.

  Restrictions in Conventional Visits Vessel View VR
Capacity of visitors per visit The number of visitors a vessel can accept In principle, no limit, assuming visitors have an internet connection and proper log-in privileges
Arrangement for  ship visit An individual application for each visitor must be submitted ahead of time to the chief customs inspector
Required time for ship visit A round trip to calling port and physically boarding the vessel
Timing of ship visit Limited to a short time during port calls and while in a dockyard, and subject to weather conditions
Location of ship visit Mainly at calling ports
Communication during ship visit Noise from machinery in engine room and so on can make it difficult for visitors to listen to explanations
Safety during ship visit Necessity to ensure the safety of visitors during ship visits, as well as the safety of the vessels, crewmembers, and loaded cargoes.
Burden of ship side Onboard visits add more tasks to the workload, in addition to normal operations  such as loading/unloading, preparation for voyage, and ship inspections

The virtual ship visit is introduced into the car carrier Beluga Ace, one of MOL's next-generation FLEXIE series car carriers, delivered in March of this year as first step. The vessel is huge, measuring 199.9m long and 32.2m wide, so it would be very difficult for in-person visitors to tour all areas of the ship within a limited time. In addition, the vessel's structure is difficult to grasp intuitively by looking only at the blueprints and photos. This initiative allows a simple, intuitive grasp of various on-board areas.

(Public access may be ended without prior notice.)

MOL works continually to enhance the contents of such virtual visits to provide customers with more effective explanations of its vessel’s capabilities and to promote improved training and a higher safety consciousness among employees, as it strives to become the world leader in safe operation.

Please refer to the 30 October, 2017 press release about the other practice utilizing VR technology:
MOL Develops Mariner Safety Education Tool Using VR Goggles - Using Leading-edge Technology to Eliminate Industrial Accidents -

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