Mitsui OSK has announced the launch of its virtual reality (VR) Vessel View VR download allowing users to explore its newly launched VLCC Suzukasan.
Vessel View VR allows users to explore the VLCC without stepping foot on board, or completing the safety-related training that would be required to allow visitors to roam the vessel.
The VLCC made the news earlier this year as one of the first commercial vessels to be equipped with augmented reality technology.
This and the virtual reality visits are one of a series of smart shipping initiatives by the giant Japanese shipping company, which include VR training, augmented reality navigation, smart steering gear, and its participation in a Japanese Government-sponsored autonomous shipping project.
Mitsui’s Smart Shipping division, part of the Technology Unit, is offering VR visits to commercial users and as an educational tool for schools and colleges.
The VR tool is currently used to educate crew on dealing with fires and in the pipeline is a VR-version of the layout of the vessel – Hazard Map VR.
In theory, Mitsui VR could be used for vetting purposes.
Tanker vetting will be discussed by CDI general manager Capt Howard Snaith, JB Inspections director Capt John Bussell and Sunstone Assurance head of assurance Capt Mandeep Singh at the Tanker Shipping & Trade Conference, Awards & Exhibition, 20-21 November 2018.