Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) has added a new dimension to its virtual reality (VR)-based marine safety education program, allowing trainees to virtually capture the sensations of “falling”, having a “hand being caught between something”, and experiencing “an incinerator explosion incident.”
The new content involves all the trainees’ senses by introducing new equipment that replicates the touching and sensing they would experience during an onboard accident, taking the training to a new level of realism.
In particular, says MOL “trainees may feel an electric shock (at an extremely low current) administered by the controller, as well as hear and see the situation and feel vibration through the VR goggles. This is intended to connect the training to instinctive learning by recreating the experience of an actual accident.”
The program uses VR goggles and VR technology created by Tsumiki Seisaku Co., Ltd.
With the VR tool, trainees can experience onboard operations, with computer graphic simulations of moving around on the ship, in conjunction with their own movements, allowing them to pinpoint dangerous areas and situation.
If a crew works without recognizing a danger, there is a higher likelihood of an accident or problem, says MOL. The VR-based content enables them to think about issues that require extra care and helps them plan their next moves during onboard operations.