Virtual Reality News

11 Dec 2019

Verizon Lights Up U.S' First 5G Shipyard

Image: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live at Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) in Newport News, VA.HII is America's largest military shipbuilding company and its Newport News Shipbuilding division turned to Verizon to explore how 5G can enhance the shipbuilding process as part of their digital transformation."We are excited to partner with Verizon on our digital journey and be one of the first complex manufacturing businesses in the US to have 5G on-site," said Bharat Amin, executive vice president and CIO of Huntington Ingalls.

04 Dec 2019

OceanPro Accelerates Tech Innovation

Image: Maersk

OceanPro by Maersk, the first of its kind startup accelerator within the shipping and logistics industry, announced the graduation of its second cohort of start-ups showcasing the artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) led solutions developed by them over the last 120 days.The India-focused company of the Danish shipping giant also unveiled the start-ups that form a part of the third cohort as a continuation of its efforts to drive industry-wide digital transformation…

27 Nov 2019

Realizing Virtual Reality in Newbuild Process

Booth VR demonstration at SNAME 2019 (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Imagine exploring your vessel years before its keel is even laid. What was once a fantasy is now a possibility thanks to VR (virtual reality) technology.How does one get the true sense of scale, perspective, and immersion inherent to being on board a ‘real’ vessel by looking at a 2D drawing or 3D CAD model? You simply can’t. There’s no substitute for the real thing but VR gets you as close as possible with little relative effort and a lot more flexibility. Now clients and designers…

19 Nov 2019

Inspection Gaming App for Seafarers

Photo: Anglo-Eastern

The latest offering Anglo-Eastern, from the Hong Kong-based ship manager, is an educational gaming app aimed at reducing shipboard deficiencies.Launched during Hong Kong Maritime Week, “Vessel Inspector” is a gaming app that encourages players to compete against their peers towards achieving zero deficiencies. The objective is to enhance situational awareness skills in a competitive gaming environment to complement learning and amplify learning outcomes.Vessel Inspector is intended for seafarers, as well as vessel managers, marine managers and port state inspectors.

14 Nov 2019

RINA, VRMedia Kiber Team

Photo: RINA

Classification society RINA signed an agreement with VRMedia, an augmented and virtual reality company, to boost the development of remote inspection technologies to carry out ship inspections using VRMedia’s Kiber system.Kiber is a wearable hardware and software fully integrated system for remote assistance, that allows the consultation and sharing of real time information between several participants through augmented reality tech.With the Kiber Helmet, a headset equipped with a video camera…

31 Oct 2019

Oil and Gas Industry Adopts VR

Pic: GlobalData

The oil and gas industry is witnessing wide-scale deployment of virtual reality (VR) technology across its value chain, according to GlobalData.According to the report, ‘Virtual Reality in Oil & Gas’, VR is finding its way into upstream, midstream and downstream sectors with applications in the simulation of new processes, analysis of project designs, reviewing of maintenance requirements and planning disaster responses.Ravindra Puranik, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said: “Over time…

27 Oct 2019

MOL Upgrades VR-based Safety Education Tool

VR image of the "virtual reality experience area". Pics: MOL

Japanese transport company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the development of new content for its virtual reality (VR)-based marine safety education program, allowing trainees to virtually capture the sensations of "falling", "hand being caught between something", and experiencing "an incinerator explosion incident".The program uses VR goggles and VR technology created by Tsumiki Seisaku. With the VR tool, trainees can experience onboard operations, with computer graphic simulations of moving around on the ship…

24 Sep 2019

VRSim Launches VR Tool For Painting

Image: VRSim

Connecticut-based virtual reality (VR) simulation systems provider VRSim introduced SimSpray 3.0, the next generation of VR paint training tool, which uses HTC’s VIVE Pro HMD and VIVE Trackers."SimSpray’s redesign offers a more intuitive and true-to-life user experience by featuring enhanced visuals, trainee feedback, and the ability to simulate larger work environments," said a press release.The HTC VIVE Pro enhanced optics and visuals provides SimSpray with the most accurate…

30 Aug 2019

eMARINE Global Wins ROK Navy Gig

Image: eMARINE Global

The provider of information and communications technology (ICT) for the maritime industry eMARINE Global  signed a contract with the Republic of Korea Navy for the maintenance of its Anti-Submarine Warfare Team Trainer (ASWTT) at the Jin-Hae Naval Base.The contract is valued at an estimated 920 million won (US$0.76 million), said the Maritime ICT Provider based in South Korea which also have operations in the US.eMARINE has maintained the ASWTT virtual reality simulator, used to simulate battles between warships and submarines, since 2017.

29 Aug 2019

Singapore Improves Maritime Safety

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The number of major incidents in the Port of Singapore has dropped over the last 10 years, with fewer than 0.12 major incidents per 100,000 vessel movements in 2018, down from 0.8 in 2009.Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, said, “I thank the maritime community for the good work in improving maritime safety. The use of technology and digitization can further enhance maritime safety by providing seafarers better access to critical safety-related information…

23 Aug 2019

First Manned Dive to the Titanic in 14 Years

(Photo: Atlantic Productions)

A groundbreaking expedition in early August led a team of experts and scientists 3,810 meters below the ocean's surface to the Titanic's final resting place at the murky depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.The series of five dives over eight days aboard a high-tech Triton 36,000/2 manned submersible Limiting Factor were the first to carry humans to the historic wreck site in 14 years.Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarines president and Co-Founder, and pilot for three of the five dives…

21 Aug 2019

AMC, Kongsberg in VR Training Collaboration

To the left, Paul Gilkison, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Digital and to the right Michael van Balen, Principal of AMC (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Digital AS has cemented its long-standing position as the primary supplier of simulation software and hardware to the Australian Maritime College (AMC), with the recent confirmation of a new Long-Term System Support Program (LTSSP).Kongsberg Digital Area Sales Manager Paul Gilkison and AMC principal Michael van Balen signed the agreement – the third successive five-year contract between the two parties – on Thursday, August 8 at the AMC’s Newnham campus in Launceston.Kongsberg Digital simulators are the platform of choice at the AMC’s world-class Center for Maritime Simulations…

23 Jul 2019

MOL Celebrates Marine Day with Kids

Pic: MOL

Japanese logistics major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced that it marked the Marine Day holiday on Monday, July 15, by hosting a tour of the car carrier Emerald Ace at Harumi Pier, in cooperation with the Japanese Shipowners' Association (JSA), as a part of "The Umi-to-Nippon (The Ocean and Japan) Project".MOL welcomed about 600 elementary and junior high school students and their family members, which was twice as much as the event last year, who were selected in an online application process.The guests boarded the huge vessel-measuring about 200m long…

15 Jul 2019

Navy Innovation: Using Virtual Reality

Computer Engineer Daniel Stith shows how to use the hands-free headset for the virtual reality simulation. (Photo: U.S. Navy)

Imagine conducting ship checks and training aboard a ship without ever leaving your office. At Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY), this has become a reality thanks to virtual reality.NNSY's Radiological Control Special Projects and Refueling Division (Code 105.26) has collaborated with the Nuclear Fluid Systems and Mechanical Engineering Division (Code 2320), the Nuclear Refueling Engineering Division (Code 2370), and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) to create laser scans of vessels…

09 Jul 2019

Lowering Shipbuilding Costs with Immersive Training

Matthew Wallace, CEO and President of VRSim, Inc.

The fiercely competitive domestic boatbuilding industry looks for any advantage in the day-to-day battle for bottom line efficiencies. ‘XR Technologies’ offer an edge to shipyards as they grow their workforce.In the shipyard, skills such as welding and coating are in high demand. The ability to lay down a proper bead, or perfect the mil build on a ship’s hull can make the difference between a successful project and a failed inspection. XR technologies are valuable compliments to traditional training programs (XR is an umbrella category for virtual reality [VR]…

13 Jun 2019

Seawork: Aptly Named, Well Worth the Visit

Perhaps the busiest part of the Seawork event involved the impressive display of workboats - all available to board and trial - alongside this waterfront venue. Image: Joseph Keefe

Southampton, United Kingdom: It has been quite a few years since I last touched down in the UK; longer still for a visit on a maritime business trip. And, I don’t cross 'the big pond' casually for one these events. This morning, Seawork 2019 in Southampton is not yet over but if the past two days have been any indication at all, then the entire event will be regarded as a rousing success for all involved.There is something for everyone here. I overheard one attendee refer to the event as the annual gathering of “the boys and their toys.” To be sure…

16 Apr 2019

INSIGHTS: Metal Shark's Chris Allard

Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard

A naval architect and graduate of the Webb Institute, Co-Owner/CEO Chris Allard introduced the engineering-centric approach that has fueled Metal Shark’s growth; driving innovation and transforming the company from a regional builder to a globally recognized industry leader.A member of the ownership team since 2005, Mr. Allard has overseen the expansion of Metal Shark from several employees to over 350. Under Mr. Allard’s direction, Metal Shark has successfully captured over $500…

11 Apr 2019

Spectrum of the Seas Delivered

(Photo: Meyer Werft)

Cruise line Royal Caribbean International officially took delivery of the 26th ship in its fleet, 169,000 grt Spectrum of the Seas, in a ceremony Thursday in Bremerhaven, Germany.The first ship in the Quantum-Ultra class, the Meyer Werft built Spectrum of the Seas measures 347.1 meters long and 41.4 meters wide. Altogether, the vessel has 18 decks with 2,137 cabins offering space for 4,246 passengers in double occupancy and 1,551 crew members.The Bahamas flagged Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest and most expensive ship in Asia when she arrives to her new home in Shanghai on June 3…

26 Feb 2019

Columbia Shipmanagement Partners with Adobe

Pic: Columbia Shipmanagement

Columbia Shipmanagement, an organization with over 40 years of experience providing world-class ship management and maritime services to our clients and partners,  announced the launch of its own eLearning Management System (LMS) in partnership with Adobe Systems."For the first time in shipping, a Web and App-based eLearning platform enables seafarers to access and complete their training assingments at their own pace, whereever they are and even withouth having network connectivty…

21 Feb 2019

Virtual Reality: Tool for Ship Design

Image: Visual Vocal

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) uses Virtual Reality as a valuable tool in ship design allowing naval architects and owners the ability to experience the space in advance of final design; a powerful asset in ship repair and refit to help a team more efficiently and cost-effectively plan and execute the project.The process of designing and building a ship has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, with the advent and evolution of computer aided design that allows a vessel to be designed, tested and ‘built’ prior to the first actual cut of steel.

14 Feb 2019

Maritime's Amazing World of Mixed Reality

Fostech’s mixed reality technology allows you to view not just a whole ship in 3-D, but by clicking with your fingers … (Photo: Fostech AS)

New holographic technology is set to revolutionize training procedures, fleet management, ship performance and engineering maintenance in the maritime sectorHave you ever wished you could move around your fleet of ships, in full 3-D, without ever moving from your desk? Have you ever wanted to be able to delve into the complex inner workings of one of your vessels and inspect its internal structure while sitting in your office? Have you ever been performing maintenance work within…

30 Jan 2019

Meet PoBo: Floating Platform for Disaster Relief

Photo: GENERAL DYNAMICS, European Land Systems

GD European Land Systems develops floating platform for civil protection and disaster reliefGeneral Dynamics European Land Systems-Bridge Systems won a contract to develop a multi-functional, modular floating platform known as Pontoon Boat (PoBo). The project was awarded under the Innovation Program for the Support of Diversification Strategies of Defense Companies in Civil Security Technologies, or DIVERS. DIVERS is a program launched by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWI)…

29 Nov 2018

MOL Adds VR-based Mariner Safety Training

VR screens from training sessions on "Preventing accidental falls," "Cargo falling from cranes," and "Response to onboard fires". Pic: MOL

Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) announced the addition of a new training session on "Snap-back zones" to its mariner safety education program using virtual reality (VR) goggles and VR technology created by Tsumiki Seisaku Co., Ltd.Snap-back zones happens when a tow line broke due to improper tension, the rope snapped back instantly. In some cases, this can cause life-threatening injuries.The tool enhances seafarers' risk perception by allowing them to visualize…

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