Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Watch: First autonomous tug operation at Port of Singapore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=negQkbdEEHE South Asia’s first remote joystick control of a tugboat recently took place in the busy Port of Singapore, as part of a joint project of technology company ABB with Singaporean shipyard Keppel Offshore & Marine. The trial of remotely operating the harbor tug from a shore command center located at MPA Singapore’s Maritime Innovation Lab was successfully performed in April 2021. The trial marked a milestone for safer tug operations in a port presenting one of the most complex settings for autonomous harbor operations in the world, with more than 130,000 vessels calling annually.  The intent of this technology is to relieve the crew of tasks that can be automated, enabling them to perform at their best during critical periods and enhancing the overall safety and productivity of marine operations. This trial also confirms the possibility for application of remote and autonomous technology to other vessel types, ...said Juha Koskela, Division President, ABB Marine & Ports. The technology was retrofitted on the 32-m harbor tugboat Maju 510, owned and operated by Keppel O&M’s joint-venture company ...

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