Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines will be deploying an AI-based system developed by an Israeli startup in its efforts to improve fire safety aboard the company’s car carriers. The dangers of fire at sea are well-known while remaining one of the leading casualties. The industry is seeking new solutions to address the dangers of runaway fires, especially from EVs and lithium-ion batteries. All of MOL’s car carriers are currently equipped with fire alarms primarily based on smoke detectors. Companies have taken steps to increase the fire precautions but still, there have been catastrophic losses. MOL suffered one such casualty in February 2022 when its vessel the Felicity Ace caught fire about 90 nautical miles to the southwest of Faial, an island in the center of the Azores. The vessel was evacuated and the fire burned for days before the ship was lost. The ship was carrying roughly 4,000 cars, including Lamborghinis, Audis, and Volkswagens, with estimates that the financial loss would exceed $400 million.
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