Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Blowin’ in the Wind: Five Misconceptions of Wind Propulsion on Ships

In examining the history of commercial ships, the common refrain is “from sail to steam to diesel.” If the International Windship Association (IWSA) is right, that common refrain one day could be “from sail to steam to diesel … to sail.”As the collective maritime industry struggles to find a future proof propulsion system to meet ever stricter environmental emissions mandates from the IMO, serious talk and research is being paid to alternative technologies such as wind propulsion.

Rendering of the new 1,200-passenger ferry to be built at Cochin Shipyard in India (Image: ABB)

ABB Power and Automation for New Indian Ferries

ABB said it has signed a contract with India’s largest shipbuilding and maintenance facility, Cochin Shipyard Ltd, to deliver a first-ever integrated power and automation package to an Indian shipowner.ABB’s contract with Cochin Shipyard covers two new 1,200-passenger ferries, to be delivered to the Andaman & Nicobar Administration in 2020. In what’s said to be a first for a shipowner in India, these vessels will benefit from a full integration of their power generation, distribution and propulsion systems…

Xiang Rui Kou (Photo: Cosco Heavy Transport)

ABB Software to Monitor Cosco Heavy Transport Fleet

ABB, a power and automation technology group, will supply its onboard motion monitoring and forecasting system to the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel, meaning the entire fleet of Cosco Heavy Transport now benefits from the software. The system that will be installed is a mixed software and motion measurement set-up that on one hand provides clear advice on how to operate the vessel and her cargo through heavy weather, and on the other hand gives clear warnings on the bridge when certain motion thresholds are exceeded.

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ABB Wins European Marine Engineering Award

Power and automation technology group ABB has won a European Marine Engineering Award, acknowledging the innovation behind the new Azipod D electric propulsion solution, launched in 2015. The 2016 Award for Auxiliary Machinery category honors auxiliary systems that demonstrate innovative and original development that improves a ship’s operational efficiency or reduces risk to personnel. Introduced in 2015, Azipod D propulsion was brought to market to allow a wider range of vessel…

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ABB debuts Dynamic AC Concept

Zurich, Switzerland, March 14 2016 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is launching a new Dynamic AC (DAC) concept that optimizes engine speed, leading to significant fuel savings. It joins a number of established ABB products, such as Azipod propulsion and the Onboard DC Grid, which maximize energy efficiency for vessel owners. For a large cruise ship, for example, up to 6 percent (or up to 2000 tons of fuel) of annual savings can be achieved by engine speed optimization.

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Azipod D, Energy Storage Solution Selected for Newbuilds

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will supply the power, propulsion and energy storage solution for two of the most innovative vessels operating in the offshore oil and gas sector. The specialized vessels require an advanced propulsion and power generation system to perform its operation. The new Azipod D will help the vessels safely achieve millimeter precision at open sea. The Azipod D is the latest generation of ABB’s award winning podded electric propulsion system. The vessels will each feature two 4.2 megawatt units.

MT6027 UItra Deep Sea Courtesy ABB

ABB Makes 5 km Subsea Operations Safe

Power and automation technology group ABB will provide the technology that will help three vessels safely carry out construction and maintenance tasks up to 5 kilometers under water. The vessels will be equipped with ABB’s OCTOPUS software that uses sensors and the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) to interpret weather conditions, allowing the crew to make informed decisions during sensitive operations. The ships will be built for Ultra Deep Solutions at CSIC Huangpu Wuchang Shipbuilding Company Limited and China Merchants Heavy Industry.

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Turbocharger Upgrades Yield High ROI -ABB

Power and automation technology group ABB announced study results show return on investment from turbocharger upgrades. The increased revenue resulting from higher engine output of three engines in a power plant accumulated to approximately $537,000 per year, and in addition, fuel savings of $470,000 per year were realized. Forrester Consulting conducted a study examining the return on investment (ROI) from upgrading ABB turbochargers for a major power plant operator in the Caribbean.

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ABB Services Over 300 Turbochargers for CSCL

ABB Turbocharging, part of the power and automation technology group, announced it has signed its third and largest Operation Performance Package service agreement with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), the logistics and containerized transportation company based in Shanghai, China. The contract covers the service and provision of spare parts for 113 turbochargers on 23 vessels, including 51 TPL type and 62 VTR type turbochargers. Added to existing service agreements, ABB now services over 300 turbochargers for CSCL, the largest number covered under contract with any customer.

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Azipod Retrofit for Mega-crane Vessel

Power and automation technology group ABB will supply the entire electric system to provide power throughout the vessel and five Azipod propulsion units for the 175-meter long Chinese mega-crane vessel, Hua Tian Long. It has a gross tonnage of approximately 42,500 and is one of the largest salvage vessels in Asia. The new retractable Azipod units, installed on a vessel for the first time, will bring a range of additional benefits, including entering shallow harbors and dry-docking without need of thruster removal.

Azipod XO (Photo: ABB)

ABB Azipod Propulsion for Carnival’s New Ships

Power and automation technology group ABB announced it has won a repeat order worth $60 million to deliver complete electrical power plants and Azipod XO fuel-saving electric propulsion systems for Carnival Corporation’s two new cruise vessels. The order, which was booked in the second quarter of 2015, will also see ABB deliver generators, main switchboards, a remote control system and distribution transformers. The ships, to be built by Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, will sail under Carnival Corporation’s brands Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line.

Improved Efficiency from DFDE Propulsion - Study

Simulations indicate diesel electric propulsion can be a fuel efficient solution for LNG carriers under realistic operating conditions. Power and automation technology group ABB has disclosed details of a study from DNV-GL R&D examining the potential for efficiency improvements of dual fuel diesel electric (DFDE) propulsion. The study found it is possible to improve overall vessel efficiency and thus asset competitiveness in certain vessel and configuration cases, demonstrating…

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ABB Turbochargers Take the Pressure to Boost Efficiency

Power and automation technology group ABB announced at Nor-Shipping 2015 the first application on a marine engine of its Power2 800-M second generation two-stage turbocharging solution. The technology has been developed and is scheduled for production at ABB Turbocharging headquarters in Baden, Switzerland. The Wärtsilä 31 marine engine, announced by Wärtsilä this week, is equipped with this advanced two-stage turbocharging solution from ABB Turbocharging, launching Power2 800-M firmly into the marine market.

          The new Azipod D electric thruster from ABB

ABB Launches Newest Azipod Electric Thruster

Power and automation technology group ABB introduced a new addition, Azipod D, to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offerings today. ABB’s gearless Azipod propulsion system is already used by cruise vessels, icebreakers, ice-going cargo vessels and offshore accommodation ships. With the Azipod D, shipping segments such as offshore drilling, construction and support vessels and ferries will have even more choices to benefit from the higher flexibility, reliability and energy efficiency provided by Azipod propulsion technology.

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New Azipod Thruster Launched by ABB

Power and automation technology group ABB has introduced Azipod D, a new addition to its line of Azipod electric propulsion offering, allowing a wider range of vessel types to utilize the Azipod propulsion system. ABB’s gearless Azipod propulsion system is already used on cruise vessels, icebreakers, ice-going cargo vessels and offshore accommodation ships. With the Azipod D, shipping segments such as offshore drilling, construction and support vessels and ferries will have even more choices to make use of Azipod propulsion technology, ABB said.

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ABB Bags Record Azipod Orders

ABB, a global leader in power and automation technology, has  received record levels of new orders for the marine part of the group’s business, driven by solid growth in demand for electrical propulsion systems especially in the cruise and ice-going segments. In 2014, the company won orders worth $ 200 million to deliver power plants and Azipod® propulsion systems to cruise customers and $ 900 million to deliver solutions to icegoing and icebreaking projects. The cruise market…

Kongsberg to Equip 10 Newbuild Pipelayers

Kongsberg Maritime has been chosen to deliver substantial technology packages for ten new pipelaying vessels ordered by Brazilian multinational energy corporation, Petrobras. In contracts valued approx. NOK 118 Million, the scope of supply includes Kongsberg Maritime’s offshore vessel technology including Dynamic Positioning (DP), position reference systems, propulsion control and automation. Six 550-tonne laying tension capacity pipelayers will be built at IHC Merwede in The Netherlands for delivery in 2015 and 2016.

Ferry Martin i Soler: Image credit ABB

ABB to Supply Energy Management Systems to Spain-Balearics Ferry

Power and automation technology group ABB informs it has won an order from Spanish ferry operator Baleària to supply energy management systems for one of its largest vessels. It is expected that the system will improve vessel’s fuel efficiency over 2 per cent. ABB’s advisory software will be installed onboard the ferry Martin i Soler, with an option to extend the project to two further vessels in the Baleària fleet. ABB explain that Baleària operates ferries connecting the four Balearic Islands to mainland Spain, as well as providing daily inter-island sailings.