Japanese companies join forces in vessel technology venture

Japanese shipping line Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), and aerospace company Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) yesterday agreed to jointly develop technologies that would enhance vessel reliability and energy-saving, and improve manoeuvrability.

Part of MOL’s smart ship project, the joint venture will focus on control of the steering gear – one of the most critical elements in handling a ship – which will be equipped with sensors that monitor pressure, flow rate, temperature of hydraulic oil and consumed power.

This will be installed on a very large crude carrier (VLCC) currently under construction at KHI - to be delivered to MOL upon completion – along with a high-speed data acquisition system that has a large storage capacity.

The system will collect data such as vessel speed, course, engine load and rudder angle during a voyage.

The project is expected to be completed by end March 2021.

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