MOL Installs World’s First Long-Range Wind Measurement Device

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Metro Weather Co., Ltd. have made maritime history with the installation of the world’s first ‘Long-Range and Real-Time Wind Condition Measurement Device’ on a Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) vessel. This innovative endeavor aims to enhance navigation safety and reduce carbon emissions through advanced wind visualization technology.

The demonstration experiment, conducted on the route between Tokyo and Fukuoka, utilizes Metro Weather’s Doppler LiDAR, a cutting-edge device capable of measuring wind conditions over long distances. Installed on the MUSASHI MARU, a vessel owned by MOL Group’s subsidiary, MOL Sunflower Ltd., this marks the first instance of a Doppler LiDAR being deployed on a large seagoing ship.

The Doppler LiDAR enables real-time observation of wind conditions in three dimensions, extending over 10 kilometers from the MUSASHI MARU. This crucial data empowers onboard personnel with comprehensive insights into prevailing wind patterns, contributing to safer navigation.

Moreover, as part of the maritime industry’s digital transformation, the collected data, including wind conditions, is transmitted to shore via Starlink, a high-speed data communication system. This initiative not only facilitates fuel savings but also fosters safer operational practices.

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MOL’s strategic investment in Metro Weather through MOL PLUS Co., Ltd., underscores its commitment to fostering technological innovation across various sectors. Both companies are poised to leverage their expertise to drive value creation within the shipping industry and society at large.

The deployment of Doppler LiDAR aligns with MOL Group’s overarching vision of developing social infrastructure centered on marine transport while addressing sustainability challenges. This initiative is a cornerstone of the “BLUE ACTION 2035” management plan, which prioritizes innovation, safety, value creation, and environmental stewardship.

Metro Weather‘s Doppler LiDAR technology, which utilizes infrared light to analyze dust and fine particles in the atmosphere, has garnered international recognition. The company’s participation in NASA research projects underscores its commitment to advancing cutting-edge solutions for real-world challenges.

Through collaborative efforts between MOL and Metro Weather, the maritime industry stands poised to embrace a future marked by enhanced safety, efficiency, and environmental sustainability. This pioneering initiative paves the way for a prosperous future anchored in the blue oceans.

Source MOL