HOUSTON – The “ABS Guide for Autonomous and Remote-Control Functions” sets out a goal-based framework for the implementation of these technologies on vessels and offshore units.
Also, it introduces the ABS Remote-Control and Autonomous notations. According to the company, development of the guidance was informed by experiences on remote-control and autonomous operations tug projects in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
The guide’s goal-based framework also covers interactions with relevant stakeholders such as port authorities and other vessels. It uses a risk-based approach to determine the requirements for the assessment and implementation of autonomous and remote-control functions.
Autonomous functions are those wherein machines perform each of the four steps in the operational decision loop, i.e. monitoring, analysis, decision, and action without the need for human intervention to perform tasks and achieve the system mission.
Autonomous functions do not follow predefined routines and operational scenarios. They have the ability to execute the most appropriate actions based on their programming, assigned mission and tasks, operational environment, and the system status.
Remote-control functions are those which allow the system and operation being monitored to be controlled remotely by a human operator who is physically located elsewhere other than on board a marine vessel or offshore unit where the operations take place.