Multimodal 2018OvetSailors SocietyTelestackCleveland Cascades LtdTMS Tanker Conference 2018
  • Coaltrans USA
  • The Maritime Standards Awards 2018
  • TOC Events
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Telestack
  • Stemm

ABB paving the way towards autonomous shipping

(Posted on 11/09/18)

The ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control dynamic positioning (DP) system, unveiled at the maritime trade fair SMM, simplifies ship maneuvering with an intuitive touchscreen-based user interface and enables safer, more efficient ship operations.

With its user-centric design, ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control reduces the workload on automating navigational tasks and allows bridge officers to focus holistically on the overall control and positioning of the ship. The system integrates seamlessly with existing onboard equipment and ensures ease of installation and maintenance, adding significant “bridge-to-propeller” value for the shipowners.

One of the key benefits of the new system is that it allows the operator to switch to joystick control for maneuvering the vessel at any speed and all the way to docking. ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control employs algorithms that calculate the optimal way of executing a command for controlling the vessel in any operational situation. The overall safety of the operation is increased as the crew is able to maintain full situational awareness, rather than having to focus on changing control modes.

The system has obtained Lloyd’s Register’s (LR) Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate, announced at SMM. LR is a leading international provider of classification, compliance and consultancy services to the marine industry.

“Lloyd’s Register is focused on supporting the introduction of new solutions to the shipping industry that enhance safer, more efficient and sustainable ship operations,” says David Barrow, Commercial Director, Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register. “As digital technologies progress, increased collaboration between original equipment manufacturers, classification societies and ship owners will become key. This project highlights the collaborative work ethic between LR and ABB to achieve this milestone.”

“ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Control is an example of pioneering technology that is already available today and will act as a stepping stone into the future of autonomous shipping,” says Mikko Lepistö, Senior Vice President Digital Solutions at ABB Marine & Ports. “To enable autonomous shipping, we need a DP system that replaces traditional solutions designed for disconnected operations. Embracing new technologies for the human-machine interface and offering tangible safety and efficiency benefits, ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Control does exactly that.”

Together with the ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Vision, launched in 2017 to offer multiple real-time visualizations of a vessel’s surroundings, the new DP system will create a full 3D situational awareness and an intuitive operating environment with the dedicated purpose of operating the ship in a safe and efficient manner.

“Our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected.’ vision is based on the principles of simplicity, efficiency and safety. ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Control works to leverage our experience with all aspects of the ship from bridge to propeller and enables operators to navigate the vessels of the future regardless of propulsion system or power generation,” says Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB Marine & Ports. “By designing solutions from the ground up to meet today’s requirements, we position our technology in a way that is able to incorporate future technologies in a secure, yet easy way.”

The new DP system can be connected to the ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations Center infrastructure, which monitors the performance of ABB technology on board and remotely connects operators with ABB experts.

Latest News

UWC to supply 700 grain hopper cars

(Posted on 12/02/19)

Research and production corporation United Wagon Company will supply Trade House RIF, one of Russia'... Read more


Hempel launches new antifouling solution

(Posted on 12/02/19)

Worldwide coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched a powerful new antifouling coating - Atlantic+ -... Read more


One complete rudders and running gear solution

(Posted on 12/02/19)

 In the past year numerous rudders, thruster tunnels and nozzles were coated with the Ecoshield... Read more


Telestack invests for continued success

(Posted on 31/01/19)

Northern Ireland manufacturer Telestack has further committed to its future in Omagh by announcing an... Read more


Survitec opens Singapore hub

(Posted on 31/01/19)

Leading safety and survival specialist Survitec has opened a new service and distribution hub in Singapore... Read more


10 years of Alfa Laval PureSOx scrubbers

(Posted on 31/01/19)

The arrival of 2019 leaves just one year until the global sulphur cap becomes reality. But as the marine... Read more


Dualog takes cyber security to higher level

(Posted on 22/01/19)

Tromso-based Dualog has taken shipboard cyber security to a higher level by launching a new service... Read more


Superior Industries seeks partnerships at bauma

(Posted on 22/01/19)

Superior Industries Inc., an American-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing... Read more


FLSmidth’s Paraguay cement contract

(Posted on 22/01/19)

FLSmidth nhas been awarded a contract to deliver equipment for a greenfield cement plant in Paraguay... Read more


Konecranes wins repeat Turkish order

(Posted on 14/01/19)

In the third quarter of 2018, Atakaş Liman İşletmeciliği Ve Tic. A.Ş. (Atakaş Port Business) ordered... Read more


The Mississippi Valley Trade & Transport CouncilThe Maritime Standards Awards 2018TOC EventsBühler GmbHPort of StocktonStemm
  • Coaltrans India
  • TMS Tanker Conference 2018

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping