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Svitzer, Kongsberg Maritime, and ABS join forces to develop the world's first commercial tug to be fully remotely controlled

By Eric Van Rees - 24th February 2021 - 06:34

Today, global towage operator Svitzer A/S, Kongsberg Maritime, and ABS announced that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop RECOTUG, the world’s first fully operational, and fully remotely controlled tugboat.

While Svitzer is bringing the needed operational experience, a newly built tug with crew as well as tug-specific technical solutions, Kongsberg Maritime will provide the remote control systems and the autonomous technology and lead the integration of systems and technology. ABS will bring the guidance and expertise necessary to obtain regulatory approval.

The aim of the RECOTUG project is to develop a remotely controlled tug that will be able to perform a full towage operation with all operations controlled from a remote operations centre. The solution and the achieved safety level shall lead to maritime authorities (class and flag) approving the technology, ultimately permitting Svitzer to conduct commercial remote tug operations in the Port of Copenhagen. The project is expected to run for the years to come.

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