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As the sea-borne transport industry continues its growth, it’s creating a need for better and faster vessels, communication capabilities and advanced technology. With the rise in fuel prices, as well as regulatory changes, this has brought energy efficiency into focus in the dry cargo segment. Shipping companies are also increasingly adopting connected, digital solutions as they move towards intelligent, automated shipping. As a large volume of data is obtained from a wide range of onboard control systems, it is crucial that the end solution delivers consistent data that enables easy interpretation and usability.“Our advanced offerings ranging from vessels, and automation solutions to transformers are streamlinedto offer the most comprehensive operations in the marine industry,” begins Peter R. Voser, CEO, Asea Brown Boveri (ABB).
"Our four new leading businesses will be fully dedicated to meet our customer needs for digitalization, electrification, automation and robotics"
With a history of innovation spanning more than a century, ABB is a pioneer in the marine solutions. The company also offers solutions to a number of globally leading businesses acrosselectrification, industrial automation, robotics, and discrete automation, supported by the ABB Ability—a digital platform andremote diagnostic system offering preventive and continuous on-board monitoring of electrical systems.
When it comes to container vessels, ABB offers two basic power concepts designed to maximize fuel-efficiency and reduce emissions - one for the 8000+TEU large vessels, and the other for smaller feeder vessels across the 2000 TEU range. Being a complete marine systems integrator, ABB takes full responsibility throughout all project phases.
Autonomous and Optimized Operations for Marine Industry
While the maritime industry is moving forward with autonomous operations, ABB’s technologies are redefining the industry’s future, bringing new levels of reliability, and efficiency to shipping. ABB’s Ability Integrated Marine Automation System enables a fully integrated ship where all systems work seamlessly and can be operated from a single user environment. Its advanced modern user interface offers a flawless usability, and consistency.
ABB’s AbilityMarine Advisory System—OCTOPUS is a unique product portfolio for performance management in marine operations. While reducing fuel consumption and thereby emission, it can also increase availability and safety on the complete fleet of vessels. OCTOPUSprovides a variety of functionality to optimize energy efficiency onboard a vessel. The system gathers vessel data via sensors and basic configurations can be set-up for SEEMP compliant fuel monitoring, all the way to having a comprehensive insight in the vessels overall energy flow and distribution.
Our advanced offerings ranging from vessels, and automation solutions to transformers are streamlinedto offer the most comprehensive operations in the marine industry
OCTOPUS allows the operating crew to access a state of the art decision support toolbox that optimizes safe and efficient voyage execution. With its analysis and reporting capability, the solution also assists ship officers in real-time decision to be proactive in safety and efficiency actions.
Meanwhile, The OCTOPUS Power Plant Optimization module helps the operator to control and manage the optimum energy balance onboard. The solution can automatically calculate and advise the optimum load sharing between the various producers such as fuel or batteries.
Integrated Automation and Propulsion
An ABB Integrated Automation System efficiently manages the control, monitoring and alarms of the entire ship’s marine systems. It can also include asset management and predictive equipment maintenance routines. The ABB Propulsion Control System (PCS) provides comprehensive propulsion control and monitoring for vessels with electric propulsion. ABB provides a Remote Control System (RCS) and the Intelligent Maneuvering Interface (IMI) for interfacing the PCS. This includes levers, buttons and panels that enable the officers to give commands for propulsion and steering.
ABB has broad experience in interfacing thruster control and power plants with DP systems. With few, clearly defined interface signals, vessel integrity is maintained without compromising independent system functionality.
Launched in 1990, ABB’s Azipod propulsion systems are creating a huge impact on the operating efficiency of ships. Over the years, it entirely transformed the marine propulsion techniques by placing the electric drive motor in a submerged pod outside the vessel’s hull, eliminating the need for rudders, or stern transversal thrusters. The sophisticated and highly advanced propulsion system lowers fuel consumption, while offering better maneuverability, reduced noise and enhanced acceleration.
ABB also provides an extensive range of Azipod solutions for many types of vessels, including cruise liners, ice-going cargo vessels, and drilling rigs, among others.
The Future Ready Power Management
ABB’s Power Management System (PMS) acts as the key component in the combined power and control system by ensuring optimal use of the vessel’s total power resources with utmost efficiency. The PMS is closely integrated with the electrical system by use of high speed communication within ABB’s switchboards, and controllers to provide full control from power generation to the end user. The advanced control solution prepared for new and alternative energy sources ensure stability of a DC power grid.
A Century of Innovation
ABB has been providing marine systems, solutions and electrical fittings for vessels for more than a century. Today, more than1300 ships utilize ABB’s electric system, and more than 900 vessels are connected to the ABB Ability for remote support. A global oil and gas company is using offshore technology expertise developed on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and applying these state-of-the-art processes to its Brazilian oil fields. The company is able to produce over 90,000 barrels of oil a day, and has reserves of 300- 600 million barrels from the Campos basin. ABB has played an important role in helping the company managers maintain these production goals, and is providing local resources to help maintain production levels. On a global level, ABB is engaged with the company in a joint industry project to develop power and automation for offshore factories. The five-year program is centered on the development of technologies required to power and control large-scale offshore pumping and gas-compression projects. Offshore pumping and gas compression contributes to improved utilization of oil and gas resources through greater recovery rates, reduced production costs and the further development of subsea production.
The ABB solution for the FPSO and wellhead platforms distributes power for the entire production process, including the electric submersible pumps in the production wells below the seabed. For the oil to flow between the platforms and the FPSO, it is heated in the flow lines. The two wellhead platforms transfer the produced liquids from the wells to the FPSO, moored in the middle. The platforms are connected to a FPSO with flowlines and power umbilicals. ABB supplies a multisystem automation solution, including field instrumentation and telecommunications systems. The solution includes a process control system, power management system, production information management system, fire and gas system, and emergency shut-down system.
Redefining Marine Industry
ABB’s team believes that electricity will be the foundation in the future of marine industry. The electrical backbone, integrated with automation and control systems, are transforming the industry to truly collaborative and energy efficient. ABB is acting as a frontrunner to drive this transformation and equip the marine industry with electric, digital and connected solutions that maximize the full potential of vessels. In the long run,ABB's market-leading power grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. “We will continue to focus on implementing ABB’s strategy and delivering value to all our stakeholders. Our four new leading businesses will be fully dedicated to meet our customer needs for digitalization, electrification, automation and robotics,” concludes Voser.
August 27, 2019