ABS published guidance notes on the use of remote inspection technologies, detailing best practices for their use on class surveys and non-class inspections. The guidance notes cover pilot-operated unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely operated underwater vehicles and robotic crawlers, collectively known as remote inspection technologies (RITS).
During the 2019 SMART4SEA Conference, Demetres Armanes, Senior Engineer, ABS, discussed Smart Functions, which are becoming increasingly common onboard marine and offshore vessels, providing crew and support personnel with key information to aid in decision- making.
Shipowners want practical applications to implement the smart opportunities of today that build foundational capabilities for autonomy in future, writes Derek Novak, Vice President, Technology, ABS.
ABS issued guidance providing the marine and offshore industries an actionable framework for owners, operators and manufacturers to take smart steps today in preparation for an environmentally sustainable future. The ‘ABS Guidance Notes on Smart Function Implementation’ support data infrastructure development, enabling health and performance monitoring, and augmenting vessel operations.
The American Bureau of Shipping and Crowley Maritime Corporation ‘s naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary Jensen Maritime completed a pilot project using 3D computer-aided design models to support the class design review process.
SHI’s Smart Ship Solution aims to improve vessel efficiency by using real time data from hull and equipment sensors, in cooperation with land-based technical and fleet managers. Real time data will be exchanged between ship and shore facilities, to enable automated operations, and is among the most important cybersecurity challenges for the marine and offshore industries.
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is an aircraft with no pilot on board that is controlled remotely or able to fly autonomously based on a pre-defined flight route and/or dynamic automation systems. ABS released a Guidance Note to present practice recommendations on the use of UAVs for more efficient inspections.
ABS released its Nautical Systems Enterprise fleet management software, including NS Insight, a new business intelligence module. The NS aims to assist in the planning, execution and documentation of all compliance work processes. The new system includes a cloud-based NS Voyage Manager, tan expanded NS Autologger, and enhancements to NS Health, Safety, Quality, and Environmental Manager.
ABS Executive Vice President, Dr. Kirsi Tikka, discussed interim benefits on the shipping industry’s journey to autonomous, noting that fast-paced advances in technology will be a gradual process of evolution for the sector, both at sea and ashore.
MGTIC, to be hosted at SUNY Maritime College, is a collaborative incubator fostering technology developments in the maritime space through entrepreneurial innovations bringing together maritime, technology and financial interests to accelerate tools for commercial growth.
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