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ABS issues first ever Remote Control Navigation Notation

A remotely operated harbour tug developed by Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) is the first in the world to receive the ABS Remote Control Navigation Notation.

As previously reported, a trial of the 65-metre tug, Maju 510, controlled from a remote location at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Maritime Innovation Lab, was successfully performed in April 2021. 

The second phase of the project, scheduled for late 2021, will see the vessel perform autonomous collision avoidance tasks while under remote supervision.

The Maju 510 is owned and operated by Keppel O&M’s joint-venture company Keppel Smit Towage.

The project was one of a series of initiatives to inform the development of the recently published ABS Guide for Autonomous and Remote-Control Functions, which introduced the REMOTE-CON notation and another recognizing autonomous functions. The Guide sets out a goal-based framework for the implementation of these technologies on vessels and offshore units.

Commenting, Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology, said the project demonstrated the ‘rapid advance’ of remote control and autonomous technology at sea.

‘This vessel is the first to receive the REMOTE-CON (NAV, OP1) notation and is blazing a trail others are sure to follow,’ said Ryan. ‘ABS is involved in cutting-edge projects all over the world designed to advance the application of remote and autonomous functions on vessels and we are proud to play a role in supporting the safe development of this technology at sea.’

Rhys Berry

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