Autonomous tug technology granted class approval

The technology deployed by an autonomous tug project in Singapore involving POSH, ST Engineering and M1 Limited has been granted Approval in Principle (AIP) by classification society ABS.

The AIP applies to the autonomous navigation and collision detection and collision avoidance (CDCA) systems used in the Smart Maritime Autonomous Vessel (SMAV) project, which carried out successful sea trials in 2020.

The POSH Harvest harbour tug was retrofitted with autonomous navigation and CDCA functionality for the trials, with the systems remotely monitored from a shoreside control centre located in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Maritime Innovation Lab via cellular networks.

“As autonomous technology is increasingly transforming the maritime industry, we are committed to enabling and accelerating the application of these technologies in a robust, reliable and safe way,” said Terence Ho, Assistant Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, ST Engineering.

“The integration of our in-house Ship Management and Sensemaking System (NERVA SMS2) with our Autonomous Kit (CDCA technology) in the SMAV is one such example.”

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