NYK and NYK Group companies MTI Co. Ltd., as well as Japan Marine Science Inc., released partial findings of a study on collision risk judgement and the autonomous operation of vessels, on 26 December.
Representatives from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), ClassNK, and three partner manufacturers, Tokyo Keiki Inc., Japan Radio Co. Ltd., and Furuno Electric Co. Ltd., were in attendance on the release.
This entire study includes development of:
- functions to facilitate judgement related to avoiding risk of collision with other vessels;
- remote operations by land operators;
- devices related to AR (augmented reality) of nautical instrument information, with the aim to pursue safe operations and reduce officer workload. This study was selected by MLIT for its “2016 Support Projects for R&D in Advanced Safety Technology of Vessels.”
This time, NYK reported on its process in developing the first part, functions to facilitate judgement related to avoiding risk of collision. Using the large ship-handling simulator at Japan Marine Science Inc., NYK accumulated data on how experienced captains of large merchant vessels avoid the risk of collision, and then digitalized that data.
“Usually, officers make a prediction, a judgment of the risk of collision based on their own experience, but each person’s sense of danger differs. The usage of accumulated data to develop common standards will help officers to appropriately judge risk and prevent collisions,” the company explained.