Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), the Japanese shipping line, has teamed up with Oki Electric Industry, a broad range of communication and information related equipment provider, to start a joint study on the use of OKI’s new FlyingView bird’s-eye view monitoring system to monitor a 360° field around a tugboat.
The FlyingView system has been installed on the tugboat Asaka Maru, owned by MOL Group company Nihon Tug-Boat, and a preliminary experiment was conducted.
MOL believes the system makes it possible for the tug’s operator to objectively recognize the boat’s surrounding situations, reduce the risk of an accident, contact with the target vessel and more effectively assist its safe berthing and unberthing.
The new system comprises 4 fish-eye cameras mounted on the mast of the tugboat, digital compositing system, and display. Camera images are composed on the field-programmable gate array (FPGA), which has high-resolution image processing capabilities, to realize large-capacity, high-quality image processing in real-time and in portable energy saving system, providing seamless, bird’s-eye view image monitoring with virtually no blind spots in a wide area surrounding the tugboat. This is an integrated circuit that the purchaser and designer can custom-configure after manufacturing, and is a type of programmable logistic device in a broad sense.
MOL has been making significant efforts into smart ship technologies lately. Earlier this month, MOL and compatriot Oshima Shipbuilding jointly obtained approval in principle (AIP) from ClassNK for the design of a hard sail system. In September, the company also showcased an AI vessel recognition system.