ABB is developing a complete suite of software products that can slash ship fuel consumption by an unprecedented 20 percent
The portfolio builds on ABB’s expertise in marine automation, electrical and propulsion systems to monitor and optimize all energy production and consumption processes during vessel operation.
As a result of this deep knowledge of ship performance collected and processed by the ABB software, the vessel’s owners and operators will know where every drop of ship fuel is consumed and whether it is used efficiently and optimally. Most importantly, this knowledge creates awareness of ship energy consumption processes and enables benchmarks to be set and best practices to be achieved.
ABB refers to this capability as Smart Marine Integration. It is made possible by ABB’s unique expertise in all three fields of marine technology – the propulsion systems that drive the vessels, the electrical systems that power them, and the automation systems that control them.
This expertise enables ABB to provide vertically integrated solutions that collect and process data from all the ship components and systems, thereby providing owners and operators with full insight into how the vessel and its energy consumption processes are performing.
The products are comprehensive in scope and include instrumentation and device control; process automation, vessel management, and navigation information; advisory systems that provide decision support to crew and operators; and fleet management and reporting systems that provide data and information in real time to authorized users like senior officers and onshore management.
ABB has won an order from Rickmers, the global shipping company, to supply a smart marine integration solution for five multi-purpose vessels.
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