ABS has granted the technology basic approval (AIP) in an autonomous tug project by ST Engineering, POSH and M1 Limited.
The Smart Maritime Autonomous Vessel (SMAV) project was successfully tested at sea in 2020 and has now received ABS AIP for its autonomous navigation and collision detection and collision avoidance technology (CDCA).
The port tug POSH Harvest has been retrofitted with autonomous navigation and CDCA functions. These functions were remotely monitored over cellular networks from a landside control center in the Maritime Innovation Lab of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
“Autonomous technology has significant potential for widespread use at sea and ABS is keen to support its safe introduction into industry. That’s why we’re proud to support the SMAV project and to work with industry leaders around the world to develop this technology, ”said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.
“As autonomous technologies continue to transform the maritime industry, we are committed to enabling and accelerating the application of these technologies in a robust, reliable and safe manner. The integration of our in-house Ship Management and Sensemaking System (NERVA SMS2) with our Autonomous Kit (CDCA technology) into the SMAV is one such example, ”said Terence Ho, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, ST Engineering.
“We are excited to be at the forefront of using autonomous technologies and helping to shape the future of the maritime industry. Digitization and innovation are important pillars for POSH to become a more efficient company so that we can deliver better and faster solutions to our customers safely and sustainably, ”said Danny Chong, Head, Centers of Excellence, POSH.
“M1 has helped the maritime community drive the adoption and use of smart technologies and improve competitiveness in the maritime sector. We are very excited to be the network partner for this autonomous tug project and to use our ultra-fast, low-latency network for future intelligent maritime solutions, ”said Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1 Limited.
“The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore congratulates all parties to the Smart Maritime Autonomous Vessel (SMAV) project on reaching another milestone as the Singapore-registered ship POSH Harvest has received its basic approval for the class notation for autonomous navigation and collision detection and avoidance . As a supporter of innovation, digitization and sustainability, we are pleased that the Singapore Registry of Ships is part of this project and look forward to working with like-minded industrial partners to test new technologies for greater efficiency and safety and sustainability for the maritime industry, ”said Cheah Aun Aun, Director (Shipping), MPA.
The SMAV project was one of a number of industry-leading initiatives to develop the recently released ABS Guide to Autonomous and Remote Control Functions, which introduced the AUTONOMOUS notation and another remote control detection feature. The guide defines a goal-oriented framework for the implementation of these technologies on ships and offshore units.
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