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Next-generation DP aims to improve navigation automation

ABB has launched its new Ability Marine Pilot Control dynamic positioning (DP) system, aiming to improve the automation of navigational tasks through integration with existing onboard equipment.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new equipment employs algorithms that calculate the optimal way of executing a command for controlling the vessel in any operational situation, to allow the crew to maintain focus on situational awareness rather than having to make decisions on changing control modes.

The system also allows the operator to switch to joystick control for manoeuvring the vessel at any speed, all the way to docking.

“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,” said 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.”

The new DP system can connect with the ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision system, launched in 2017 to offer multiple real-time visualisations of a vessel’s surroundings to create a full 3D situational awareness picture for ship operations.{/mprestriction}

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