Zurich, Switzerland, September, 2012 — ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won an order from STX in Finland to supply a comprehensive automation package and energy management system for a new 99, 300 GT cruise vessel currently being built by STX Finland Oy and owned by TUI Cruises. The approximately 295 meters long and 35 meters wide cruise ship will be added to the luxurious cruise fleet owned by TUI Cruises GmbH, a joint venture between German tourism company TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.
STX Finland, is an experienced shipbuilding company specialized in innovative and ecologically friendly solutions and technologically demanding projects. Its new vessel, highly sophisticated and innovative, is being both designed and constructed by STX Finland and TUI Cruises and is planned to be delivered in the spring of 2014. The ship has 1, 250 staterooms and will serve 2, 500 passengers with a crew of 1, 000. Many environmentally friendly features are present in the vessel, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency.
ABB’s delivery will help the new ship to regulate fuel and power consumption, and provide detailed operational information for all onboard systems to maximize their performance, efficiency and passenger safety and comfort. “Being awarded with this project is a very important milestone in the automation business within ABB Marine business. The project demonstrates the importance of software and digital information as one the key cornerstones in delivering energy efficient solutions”, says Rami Jokela, Head of Vessel Information and Control systems for ABB’s Marine and Cranes business unit. “It underscores ABB’s leadership in the integration of power and automation systems.”
ABB’s scope of supply consists of an integrated vessel management system (VMS), power management and HVAC control systems, emergency shut-down system (ESD) and energy management system. The complete system has approximately 13’000 I/O points and is based on ABB’s flagship 800xA automation platform.
This ship will be first cruise vessel in the world to utilize Ethernet based IEC61850 protocol in switchboard to power management system communication. This scope will be added to the complete electrical and propulsion system, also supplied by ABB, and will start being delivered in the second half of 2013.
ABB’s expanded its portfolio of solutions for Vessel Information and Control systems in 2011; which includes of a broad range of marine advisory and fleet management solutions, integrated automation, vessel management and control systems, and marine instrumentation and sensors, all of which help to optimize vessel operations and performance, improve energy efficiency, onboard equipment reliability and availability, and operational safety.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145, 000 people.
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ABB launches complete marine advisory and automation system to improve fuel efficiency
Integrated advanced software, electrical systems and Azipod® propulsion can help ship owners slash fuel consumption by up to 20%
Zurich, Switzerland, September 2012 — ABB, the leading power and automation technology group announced that it has introduced several new software applications for the marine market that will help all types of ocean vessels dramatically reduce their fuel consumption. These Advisory Systems include the latest versions of ABB’s energy management system for marine applications (EMMA) and Amarcon’s Octopus solution.
With the recent acquisition of Amarcon, and the official launch of Advisory Systems during Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology International Trade (SMM) in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, ABB is now able to provide a vertically integrated power and automation set of solutions that will help ship-owners increase productivity and safety of vessel operation while minimizing fuel consumption and environmental impacts.
For the first time in history, the daily operational costs of a vessel have surpassed its daily building costs. Fuel consumption is becoming the highest operational expenditure for each and every vessel of the global fleet, and one of the biggest environmental concerns. Fuel accounts for between 30-40 percent of the cost of running a cruise ship and between 50-60 percent for most merchant vessels. Reducing fuel consumption by just 1 percent can mean an annual saving of $50, 000 for a mid-sized bulk carrier and $300, 000 a year for a large container ship. In a world where fuel savings have become a requirement for ship operators, a vessel with an integrated power, automation and advisory system that can help slash its fuel consumption by up to 20% represents a substantial competitive advantage.
ABB’s new ship advisory and automation systems suite incorporate a full range of vessel information and control technology that allows ship operators to monitor and calculate the optimum utilization of power on-board. The recent acquisition of Amarcon in the second quarter this year complements this portfolio and strengthens ABB’s long-term growth strategy.
“By aggregating Amarcon systems into ABB’s solutions, we are now able to provide the widest portfolio of optimization tools available on the market, ” says Heikki Soljama, Head of business unit Marine and Cranes. “With these solutions, we are better equipped to help ship operators reduce fuel consumption efficiently and provide added-value technology to all ship owners.
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 . ABB also won an order from Rickmers Group in Germany to supply advisory systems for dynamic trim optimization and fleet management solutions for five multi-purpose vessels. These systems will help the ship management teams to operate the vessels with the highest fuel and energy efficiency possible.
Over the years, ABB’s engineers have developed intelligent solutions that aim at increasing energy efficiency and productivity of all types of vessels. In 2011, ABB launched the ground-breaking Onboard DC Grid, which distributes power through a single DC circuit instead of multiple connections, providing significant power savings. Earlier this year, ABB won its first order for this new system. It will allow a new offshore platform support vessel, under construction in Norway, to operate at the highest energy efficiency level to minimize emissions.
“This delivery is a landmark in our strategy, and we look forward to seeing the vessel operating with maximum efficiency next year, when it will be delivered to the end-user”, says Heikki Soljama.
Also in 2011, ABB announced several improvements to its highly efficient Azipod® propulsion system. The new design combines improvements in the layout of the fin on the propeller increase efficiency up to 2.5% by reducing the losses from the propulsion system. Another design change for further fuel consumption savings optimizes the toe (steering) angle of the Azipod units dynamically, in addition to the angle optimization already undertaken at the vessel design stage, to provide an estimated extra 1.5% reduction in fuel consumption.
ABB’s global Vessel Information and Control organization develops automation solutions specifically for marine applications, based on ABB’s field-proven process automation technologies. The company’s expanded portfolio of solutions for Marine Automation and Control systems consists of a broad range of marine advisory and fleet management reporting solutions, integrated automation, vessel management and control systems, and marine instrumentation and sensors, all of which help to optimize vessel operations and performance, improve energy efficiency, onboard equipment reliability and availability, and operational safety.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145, 000 people
For help with any technical terms in this release, please go to: www.abb.com/glossary