As explained, one of the primary advantages of the new design includes greater capability, as shifting the human element from on-board to on-shore will allow such vessels to operate in far more adverse weather conditions. Furthermore, the new technology will help increase efficiency and enhance operational safety.
The 2 companies have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect at the International Maritime Organization gathering in London.
“This agreement marks a milestone in our digital transformation… It’s a top priority for Abu Dhabi Ports to lead the charge towards digitalising the region’s maritime operations,” Falah Mohammad Al Ahbabi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented.
“Adopting digital solutions and keeping up with the changing demands of global trade have proven to be key drivers for economic growth and are integral towards achieving our goal of being a smart port,” he added.
“We are excited to cooperate with Abu Dhabi Ports in this initiative, which provides us with an optimal opportunity to develop the world’s first fleet of remotely-operated tugboats for the commercial sector,” Mike Fitzpatrick, CEO of Robert Allan Ltd., said.