St. John's (Canada) based CORETEC is installing an autopilot system on the Hibernia shuttle tanker MT Kometik for sea trials. The Advanced Ship Autopilot System (ASAS) is capable of maintaining a ship within a few metres of a pre-determined track. The ASAS combines the predictive capabilities with advanced control technology to render a versatile and accurate track-keeping autopilot. By accurately maintaining the vessel on its intended track, the ASAS substantially improves the safety and fuel economy of inshore and offshore vessel navigation.
The ASAS offers a number of advantages over existing autopilot systems including: Path Tracking Capability with Unprecedented Accuracy Reduced Fuel Consumption Increased Operational Safety Non Invasive Installation Open Architecture Design which Promotes Continuous Evolution and Development
The ASAS incorporates a vessel course (intended direction) and track (intended path) maintenance function in addition to the trajectory and warning functions. Initial testing of the ASAS controller with a simulated ship model confirmed the ability of the ASAS to accurately and precisely guide a ship along a preset track.