ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Control

Pilot Control is a new way to control your vessel during all operational modes, including maneuvering, transit, and position-keeping. Designed for autonomous and remote operations, the system enables optimal and complete all-speed vessel control from one operator position, using only one joystick and touch screen.

Benefits of ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Control

Operational assistance

  • Predicts the future behaviour of the vessel
  • Automation of traditional manual sequences

Fewer systems to operate

  • Control the whole voyage from the same system
  • One joystick and touch screen for all navigation control

Automated maneuvering

  • Enabled for autonomous or remote control
  • Ensure optimal and predictable operation

One system for the whole journey

With one system to control the whole voyage, operations simply become easier. Enjoy the smoothness of working from one operator position only, for position keeping, at speed, in transit, with the assistance of collision avoidance advisory, automated braking assistance and autodocking to increase safety and reduce risk.

The illustration shows a typical voyage by a WTIV, highlighting where ABB Marine Pilot Control solution will be beneficial. The solution is modular and can be built to suit any vessel from ferries to cruise vessels.




ABB Ability™ Marine Braking Assistance 

Automates pod-way emergency stops, allowing the operator to focus on the situation rather than on performing the procedure

  • Performs emergency stops better than what is possible manually
  • Balances the loads on propulsion system
  • Retains control over steering
  • Lowers risk to the propulsion system

The Marine Braking Assistance is a Marine Pilot Control module that can be installed as a stand alone system.


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Further benefits

ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Control offers an intuitive and compact user experience where the whole system can be operated from a touchscreen and a joystick.

Emission reduction
The system balances the use of the thrusters for maximum efficiency, using less power and thereby less fuel

Area mode option
Pre-define an area to stay within for more relaxed position keeping, when pinpoint positioning is not needed, for less power demanding operation.

Safer operations
With braking assistance, allowing steering while braking. Autodocking gives safer and more efficient docking lowering the chance of incidents, auto crossing, releases the operator to focus on making good decisions, while Pilot control handles the maneuvering.

A stepping stone to autonomous shipping

ABB Ability™ Marine Pilot Control is a pioneering technology that is already in use by our customers today and that will act as a stepping stone into the future of autonomous shipping. Autonomous shipping requires a vessel management & control system that can replace traditional solutions designed for disconnected operations.



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