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Maritime Propulsion

Posted by February 23, 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.
 
ABB’s SEEMP-compliant OCTOPUS-Onboard fuel monitoring set-up consists of Coriolis flow sensors, a Torductor torque measurement system and a software solution. By sending the sensor-measured data to the software, the OCTOPUS-Onboard system makes fuel consumption indicators available to the vessel crew and the onshore operations department. The system helps support the crew in decision-making and enables them to optimize the fuel efficiency of the vessel. The data collected from the sensors can also be analyzed later using the OCTOPUS-Online portal.
 
ABB’s advisory said its solution takes fuel efficiency a step further: Pioneer Marine’s new vessels are of Green Dolphin design, created to reduce fuel consumption and to meet both current and future expected air and water emissions regulations.
 
Pankaj Khanna, President and CEO of Pioneer Marine, said, “The OCTOPUS-Onboard advisory system compliments the Green Dolphin newbuild design and introduces a new dimension to ensuring optimal fuel efficiency. Accurate advice based on the sensor-measured information enables the crew to operate the vessel in the most fuel efficient manner, thus reducing our carbon footprint.”
 
According to Heikki Soljama, Managing Director for ABB’s Marine and Ports business, “Fuel consumption is the highest operational expenditure for each and every vessel of the global fleet, and one of the biggest environmental concerns. Our OCTOPUS-Onboard system helps ship operators to efficiently optimize the fuel consumption of their fleet while they also reduce their emissions.”
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