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14 November 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 23:00 GMT+1



October 22, 2019

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ABB and Offshore Keppel & Navy will collaborate to the realization of an independent tug

The naval means will enter at the end in service in the port of Singapore of 2020

Helvetian ABB has signed a contract with the navalmeccanica company Offshore Keppel & Marine of Singapore in order to collaborate to the realization of a tug to independent navigation that is previewed she will enter at the end in service in the port of Singapore of the next year. The naval means will be along 32 meters and will be the first independent tug in southern Asia. The agreement previews that the Swiss group cooperates with the Deepwater Technology Group (DTG) of the group Keppel O&M in order to develop the technology of independent navigation that will be implemented on the new tug.

In the starting phase of the project the new naval unit, operated from the Keppel Smit Towage of the group of Singapore and directed from a center of control to earth, will carry to term a series of test of navigation in an area of the Asian harbour port of call. In the second phase the tug, maneuvered with control from remote, will be used in order to carry out activity of prevention of the collisions.

"The scope of our technology - it has specified the managing director of ABB Marine & Ports, Juha Koskela - is not that to replace the entire crew, but rather than to raise the crew from the development of tasks who can be automated and therefore to allow they to operate at best in the course of complex activities". ABB has explained that a tug, in a port a lot sold as that of Singapore, must often complete challenging maneuvers in order to push or to tow ships and sometimes must carry out long drafts of navigation before to arrive in the place in which must operate, long transfers that, if carried out using the technology of independent navigation and under control from remote, they could allow with the crew of the naval means to rest itself in sight of the complicated activities that will have to execute once arrived to destination.

ABB has specified moreover that this project represents a next step towards the independent navigation that at the end follows that completed with the experimentations of navigation to remote control carried out last year with the ferry Suomenlinna II in the port of Helsinki(on 4 December 2018).

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