ABB ups the ante in fuel efficiency

19 Sep 2012
ABB's new advisory systems include its EMMA and Amarcon's Octopus solution. Photo: ABB

ABB's new advisory systems include its EMMA and Amarcon's Octopus solution. Photo: ABB

Swiss automation specialist, ABB, has launched a new range of software applications that will help ocean vessels reduce their fuel consumption by up to 20% and it has secured a new order from STX Finland.

The new advisory systems, lauched recently at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg, include the latest version of ABB’s energy management system for marine applications (EMMA) and Amarcon's Octopus solution, made possible because of the recent acquisition of the Dutch solution company.

They incorporate a full range of vessel information and control technology that allows all types of vessels to monitor and calculate the optimum utilisation of power on board -  meaning an increase in productivity and safety and a reduction in fuel consumption and environmental impact.

Heikki Soljama, head of business unit marine and cranes, ABB, said: “With these solutions, we are better equipped to help ship operators reduce fuel consumption efficiently and provide added-value technology to all ship owners. By aggregating Amarcon systems into ABB’s solutions, we are now able to provide the widest portfolio of optimisation tools available on the market."

Coupled with this, ABB has just won an order from Finland's STX to supply a complete automation and energy management system for a new 99,300gt cruise vessel bound for TUI Cruises.

The new vessel, due for delivery in in the spring of 2014, will have a particuar emphasis on fuel efficiency and ABB's delivery will help the ship to regulate fuel and power consumption, maximising performance and efficiency. The scope of supply includes an integrated vessel management system (VMS), power management and HVAC control systems, emergency shut down system (ESD) and energy management system. The system has a total of 13,000I/O points and is based on ABB's flagship 800xA automation platform. ABB says that it will be the first vessel in the world to utilise Ethernet based IEC61850 protocol in the switchboard to power management system communication.

Earlier this year, ABB won an order to provide an energy management system for one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly cruise ferries, which is due to be delivered to Viking Line in 2013 . It also won an order from Rickmers Group in Germany to supply advisory systems for dynamic trim optimisation and fleet management solutions for five multi-purpose vessels.

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