The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published Guide for Autonomous and Remote-Control Functions, which sets out a framework for implementing these technologies on vessels and offshore units
The goal-based framework also introduces two new notations: The ABS Remote-Control and Autonomous notations. ABS said development of the guidance was informed by experiences on remote-control and autonomous operations tug projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Class continues to keep up with autonomous and remotely controlled systems developments. ABS senior vice president global engineering and technology Patrick Ryan said, “ABS is proud to partner with innovative companies developing some of the most advanced remote-control and autonomous systems to deliver world-leading, safety-related guidance on implementing these technologies.
“The practical capability of these technologies has increased rapidly in recent years and ABS has been at the forefront of these advances. Given our collaborations and experience, we are well placed to support their introduction to the global fleet, and the Guide reflects the deep insights we have developed.”
The Guide’s framework also covers interactions with relevant stakeholders such as port authorities and other vessels, using a risk-based approach to determine the requirements for assessing and implementing autonomous and remote-control functions.
The ABS Guide for Autonomous and Remote-Control Functions can be accessed here.
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