Approval issued for tug installation of vessel autonomy system

Classification society ABS has partnered with Sea Machines and Foss Maritime to issue an approval in principle (AIP) for the implementation of a vessel autonomy system on a harbour tug, with the SM300 technology to provide autonomous navigation, collision detection and collision avoidance (CDCA) functionality.

Foss will install Sea Machines’ system on the harbour tug Rachael Allen to assist in routine transit and stand-by operations, with the goal improving safety and alleviating crew fatigue. The SM300 system can also assist with station-keeping and is capable of interfacing with Kongsberg-MTU propulsion systems.

Sea Machines’ new equipment underwent a series of product reviews to prove that the technology met ABS’ requirements for the use of autonomous systems aboard vessels. This included a review of software test plans and concept of operations materials for the Rachael Allen.

“Autonomous technology continues to advance at pace and ABS is committed to supporting its safe adoption by the industry,” said Patrick Ryan, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Engineering and Technology.

“We are proud to add this project to the list of pioneering initiatives we are supporting all over the world that are gradually realising the potential of autonomous operations for the industry.”

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