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04 Apr 2016

ABB To Help Save Venice From the Sea

Barriers Venice Photo ABB

ABB to deliver advanced integrated automation and electrical solution for largest Italian public work project of the last century. ABB will supply the complete integrated electrical and automation system for Mo.S.E. (the Italian acronym for experimental electro mechanic module), a flood barrier system designed to block the high tides and storm surges that enter the Venetian Lagoon year after year through three inlets and regularly flood the historic center of Venice. ABB received the automation order in 2015 and the electrical order in early 2016.

02 Dec 2015

ABB Debuts Air Outlet Silencer, Compact Turbocharger

The A160-L

ABB announced the launch of the large engine industry’s first commercial turbocharging air outlet silencer package at Marintec 2015 in Shanghai, China. Designed to contribute to reductions in engine room noise to meet the new International Maritime Organization SOLAS limits, the package is offered on A100-L and A200-L series turbochargers. Also at Marintec, ABB has launched its smallest turbocharger for two-stroke marine engines; the A160-L, with highest efficiencies and pressure ratios up to 5.0 enabling minimized fuel consumption for IMO Tier II and Tier III NOx compliance.

14 Jul 2015

TOS, AutoGates Boost Liverpool Port Throughput

Navis N4 Terminal Operating System

Peel Ports, owners and operators of the Port of Liverpool, has achieved a major milestone in its multi-million investment programme to transform the port into Europe’s first semi-automated container terminal. The Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS) and AutoGates are now live and fully operational following the construction and commissioning programmes. The new TOS and 10-lane AutoGates are the latest phase of new infrastructure in the company’s £300 million redevelopment project to expand and develop Liverpool2…

14 Apr 2015

Gomtec to Drive ABB's Robotics Portfolio

Robots working with humans. Courtesy ABB

ABB announced today acquired Gomtec GmbH to expand its offering in the field of collaborative robots. The parties agreed not to disclose financial terms of the transaction. Gomtec, based near Munich, Germany, is a privately held company that develops mechatronic systems combining mechanical, electrical, telecommunications, control and computer engineering for customers in diverse industries. It has 25 employees. Gomtec’s technology platform will strengthen ABB’s development of a new generation of “safe-by-design” collaborative robots that can be operated outside of cages or protective fencing…

23 Feb 2015

ABB to Boost Fuel Efficiency of New Bulkers

Pioneer Green Dolphin bulk carrier (Image: ABB)

Pioneer Marine’s newbuilds will feature OCTOPUS-Onboard fuel monitoring system to support the crew’s decision-making. ABB Group company Amarcon will deliver Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP)-compliant OCTOPUS-Onboard fuel monitoring systems for 12 Handysize bulk carriers that will be built by YangZhou GuoYu Shipbuilding Co., Ltd and delivered to the Singapore based owner Pioneer Marine Inc. in 2015 and 2016. Mandatory on all vessels since 2013, SEEMP is an operational measure that establishes a mechanism to improve the energy efficiency of a ship in a cost-effective manner.

03 Dec 2014

ABB Commissions World Highest Capacity Circuit Breaker

ABB has designed, manufactured, installed and commissioned a 1,200-kilovolt (kV) circuit breaker the highest AC voltage level in the world. Once the 1200 kV ultrahigh-voltage switchgear is fully operational, it will have a switching capacity of 10,400 megawatts -  a switch capable of turning ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ the electricity generated by 10 large power plants or the combined average annual electrical load of Switzerland and Denmark, within milliseconds. The circuit breaker is deployed at the 1,200 kV national test station constructed by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), India’s central transmission utility, at Bina in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

02 Dec 2014

DongBang & OHT Select OCTOPUS Advisory Solution

Amarcon, an ABB Group company, today announced that the company will deliver OCTOPUS-Onboard vessel advisory solutions to a total of three vessels owned by Norwegian oil service company OHT AS and Korean heavy cargo transporter DongBang. The information and control system will support the vessels route planning, optimization of speed and insight in critical motions. The repeat order with OHT encompasses OCTOPUS motion monitoring and forecasting for vessel M/V Albatross. Amarcon has previously delivered advisory suites to OHT’s heavy lift cargo vessels Eagle, Falcon, Osprey and Hawk. “We have deployed the OCTOPUS technology across our fleet to improve the safety and efficiency of critical heavy lift transportation operations.

30 Sep 2014

ABB WinsTunisia's Gas Treatment Plant Bid

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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has been awarded a $216 million contract to deliver a gas treatment plant to the South Tunisian Gas Project (STGP).The order was awarded by OMV Tunisie Production GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian energy group OMV, and was booked in the third quarter. ABB will be responsible for the turnkey delivery of the Nawara gas treatment plant (GTP) including gas separation and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) extraction units. It will also provide key automation…

09 Sep 2014

OCTOPUS-Onboard Wave Monitoring: SMM Demonstration

OSWF service: Photo Amarcon

Amarcon, a part of the ABB group, and OceanWaveS GmbH, a fully owned subsidiary of Rutter Inc., inform they will  demonstrate an OCTOPUS-Onboard advisory suite including Wave and Surface Current Monitoring System set-up during the SMM in Hamburg, from 9 – 12 September 2014. SMM visitors are invited to view the demonstration at the Rutter booth, hall B6.FG/001. The Amarcon OCTOPUS-Onboard motion monitoring, forecasting and decision support toolkit has an interface with the Wave and Surface Current Monitoring System (WaMoS II) from OceanWaveS GmbH.

01 Sep 2014

ABB Celebrates 125th Anniversary in Finland

Strömberg first car

ABB is celebrating today its 125th anniversary in Finland. Founded in 1889 in Helsinki by entrepreneur and inventor Gottfrid Strömberg, ABB Finland is today an innovative automation and power technology company with more than 5,000 employees in 30 locations, with sales of 2.3 billion euros in 2013. “ABB Finland has been driving innovation in power and automation technologies for 125 years. Today, ABB Finland is one of our most dynamic and successful country organisations and we…

28 Aug 2014

Helideck Safety System to Launch at SMM

Photo courtesy of Amarcon

Amarcon and Observator Instruments will develop a helideck monitoring and forecasting system to improve the safety of helicopter landings and take-offs from a vessel. Amarcon, a part of the ABB group and Observator Instruments, a developer of sensors and services for meteorological and hydrological monitoring, has announced that the companies will jointly develop a helideck monitoring and forecasting system. The helideck monitoring and forecasting system will improve the flight and passenger safety during helicopter landings and take offs.

26 Aug 2014

Port of Long Beach Chooses APS Crane OCR System

Container cranes: Photo APS

APS Technology Group, a member of the ABB Group and a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and process automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal container terminals, says that that International Transportation Service (ITS) has selected the APS Crane OCR solution for its terminal in Long Beach, Califormia. APS explains that ITS chose its solution to improve system accuracy, resource utilization and ultimately customer service of the terminal.

21 Aug 2014

EMGS - Settlement of the Convertible Bond Loan to North Energy

ABB CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer

Divestment fully in line with ABB’s commitment to continuous portfolio optimization. ABB has divested five businesses with limited synergies in the past 11 months raising about $1 billion. Zurich, Switzerland, August 20, 2014– ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced it has signed an agreement to divest the ABB Full Service business for an undisclosed amount. The sale is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, subject to regulatory approval. The ABB Full Service business provides fully outsourced industrial maintenance services.

14 Aug 2014

ABB to Supply Cable for Offshore Wind Farm Extension in the UK

 Location of the farm

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $30 million from DONG Energy, a leading wind power development company, to supply a high-voltage export cable system that will transmit power from the Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm in the UK. ABB’s project scope includes the design, engineering, supply and commissioning of the 25 kilometer (km) long 220 kilovolt (kV) AC (alternating current) submarine cable and the related offshore substation cable.

19 Jul 2014

ABB Wins $35 mln HVDC Upgrade Order in Canada

Valve+hall credit ABB

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $35 million from Hydro-Québec to upgrade the 350 megawatt (MW) Madawaska high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link, that connects the grids of New Brunswick and Hydro Québec in southeast Canada. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2014. The project scope includes installation of ABB’s MACH control and protection system and the upgrade of the valves and valve cooling system.

04 Nov 2013

Clarkson Research President to Keynote Marintec China 2013

Scene Marintec China 2011: Photo courtesy of the organizers

Dr. Martin Stopford, President of Clarksons Research Services, will deliver the keynote address at the Senior Maritime Forum 2013, 2-5 December, at the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, China. The Senior Maritime Forum is held alongside Marintec China 2013 which takes place 3-6 December at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai China. In his keynote address titled, "The Great Shipping Cycle -- Progress to Date and Scenarios for the Next Phase," Dr. Stopford will shed light and retrospect on the previous year industry milestones as well as offer audiences a perspective of areas…

12 Feb 2013

ABB Acquires APS Technology

ABB acquires APS Technology Group to expand its Crane and Harbor systems portfolio; acquisition expands ABB’s portfolio for container terminal automation to optimize cargo handling and tracking from ship to gate. ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has agreed to acquire APS Technology Group (APS), a San Diego, California-based company that develops and markets solutions for the port industry. The acquisition will expand ABB’s crane system portfolio to the container terminal market. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013. Established in 2002, APS employs approximately 50 full-time people in its headquarters in San Diego, California, and its office in Long Beach, California.

25 Mar 2013

Software Solutions Debuts & Upgrades

ABS Nautical Systems will release in 2013 a new mobility platform for its NS5 Enterprise.

ABS Nautical Systems continually enhances its NS5 Enterprise software suite of products to meet ever-changing industry demands. Currently in development for release in 2013 are a mobility platform, a new warehouse and inventory management module, as well as a new Hull Inspection 3D module. The mobility platform supports portable devices including scanners, tablet PCs and smartphones. Features will include alert view notifications and mobile calendaring. Any customer with mobility support within the organization’s infrastructure can take advantage of this upcoming technology.

17 Apr 2013

Amarcon and GTT Signs Cooperation Agreement

Amarcon and GTT will develop technology that enhances the quality of sloshing measurement and prediction for LNG carriers. Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) to market and further develop a forecasting and advice software system for sloshing prevention onboard LNG carriers. The agreement was signed at the LNG17 Conference & Exhibition in Houston, U.S. In the coming years, a significant growth in the long distance transport of LNG is expected. Consequently, a considerable number of new build LNG carriers will come into the market. It is clear that the safe operation of these vessels will be imperative.

19 Apr 2013

LNG Sloshing Prevention Technology

LNG Ship Tank Interior: Photo Amarcon

Amarcon and GTT to develop technology that enhances the quality of sloshing measurement & prediction for LNG carriers. Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, has signed a cooperation agreement with GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz) to market and further develop a forecasting and advice software system for sloshing prevention onboard LNG carriers. Sloshing prevention is an advanced module within Amarcon’s OCTOPUS advisory software suite that will forecast and advise the crew on the optimum route to take in order to achieve time savings while preventing the risk for sloshing.

13 May 2013

ABB Chief Technology Officer to Leave

Prith Banerjee: Photo credit ABB

Chief Technology Officer, Prith Banerjee, who joined ABB in 2012, has decided to leave ABB for family reasons. Banerjee, located in Switzerland, will be relocating to the United States where he will be taking another position outside the company. ABB say that a successor will be announced in due course. “Prith has brought new momentum to ABB’s research and development activity,” said CEO Joe Hogan. “I regret Prith’s decision to leave the company. Banerjee will be leaving ABB in the next few weeks. A date for his departure has not yet been decided.

03 Jun 2013

Amarcon Receives Orders for Eleven OCTOPUS-Onboard Systems

Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, announced that it has received an order for in total eleven OCTOPUS-Onboard installations for Heavy Lift vessels from Cosco Heavy Transport and BigLift Shipping. The Cosco deal was closed after the heavy cargo transporter leased the portable OCTOPUS-Onboard system on several occasions. Cosco heavy transport operates a versatile fleet within the semi-submersible and project cargo transportation industry and provides her services across the globe.

25 Jul 2013

Amarcon Receives Orders For Two Octopus-Onboard Systems

Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, announced that it has received an order for two Octopus-Onboard motion monitoring systems for Heavy freight cargo vessels KOREX SPB no.1 & 2 from CJ Korea Express. CJ Korea Express is a result of the merger between Korea Express and CJ GLS. With a head-office in Seoul, the company is providing differentiated logistic services across the globe. The company is South-Korea’s largest total cargo delivery company, providing services as contract logistics, forwarding, stevedoring and international express.

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