Japanese companies join forces in vessel technology venture
9 May 2018 - by
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.