MHI Introduces New Bridge Operation Support System

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

(MHI) recently introduced an advanced bridge operation support system called Super Bridge, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically navigate ships and prevent collisions as well as strandings and groundings. The system is expected to help reduce oil tanker accidents which can cause tremendous damage to the environment.

Super Bridge also reportedly lightens the work of crews for 24- hour ocean surveillance.

Super Bridge is a more intensified version of MHI's integrated, comprehensive navigation system called Super Tonac. The fully automated monitoring and alarm systems allow for one-man bridge operation.

Super Bridge displays the ship's intended route and potentially dangerous shallow water on a CRT screen, based on data loaded into the system. The system constantly monitors movements of nearby ships in order to avoid collision. If a collision course is apparent, the system will automatically sound a warning, calculate the best course for the vessel to steer and display the course on the CRT screen. While calculating the new course, the system is also checking the depth of the water to prevent strandings or groundings.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  May 1992

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