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Remote control test completed on Helsinki ferry

Ice-class passenger ferry Suomenlinna II has completed a trial of a new remote control system, with the vessel remotely piloted through a test area near Helsinki harbour as part of a project carried out by ABB and Helsinki City Transport.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“We are excited about the potential impact of this test on the future of the maritime industry,” said Peter Terwiesch, the president of ABB’s Industrial Automation division.

“Advanced automation solutions from ABB are making the previously impossible possible for a wide range of sectors, including shipping, which is actively searching for technologies that can rapidly deliver more efficiency and better safety.”

Suomenlinna II was retrofitted with ABB’s new dynamic positioning system, ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control, and steered from a control centre in Helsinki.

The vessel normally travels from Helsinki to Suomenlinna fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site on a nearby island. For the remote piloting trial, the ferry departed from Helsinki’s market square, Kauppatori, and was wirelessly operated using the Pilot Control system through a pre-selected area of Helsinki harbour.

The trial took place during the vessel’s off hours, away from shore with no passengers aboard, in an area free of other vessels.

ABB says that, while Suomenlinna II is now equipped with the new dynamic positioning system, the vessel will continue to operate via a set of conventional onboard controls, with the remote mode deployed during the trial only. Research and development will continue with the ferry and her crew.

“The progress we have made with the remote trial has been remarkable. I believe we are on the right track to exploring further possibilities of this technology as we move forward,” said Captain Lasse Heinonen, after the voyage.{/mprestriction}

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