• 2016 May 12 09:49

    ABB opens new Helsinki Integrated Operations Center

    ABB says it is continuing to leverage the increased connectivity of the shipping industry by opening a second Integrated Operations Center. The facility in Helsinki will serve the Passenger, Cargo and Icegoing vessel sectors and it comes after the successful launch of similar facility in Billingstad, Norway which has oversight of ABB’s customers in the oil and gas sector. The new center will be able to connect to any passenger or cargo ship and monitor the performance of ABB technology on board, including the vessels’ Azipod units which, for example, power the vast majority of modern cruise vessels and icebreakers. The Integrated Operations Center also connects to the ship owner’s onshore operational centers to support their operations department in troubleshooting, maintenance planning and fleet benchmarking.

    Sensors and software onboard the ship send equipment and performance data via satellite link which allows ship owners, in collaboration with ABB’s experts, to monitor the performance of whole fleets. This reduces the chances of unexpected downtime and expensive missed port calls. At the center, ABB combines data from all its monitoring software which is sent to the cloud automatically, as well as manually collected data from condition-monitoring surveys and feasibility studies. 

    “It is simply more efficient and safe to support the engineer onboard than reacting to a problem,” said Richard Windischhofer, SVP Integrated Operations at ABB. “Ship owners are being much more proactive nowadays and are monitoring the performance of a whole fleet from shore.” 

    The Integrated Operations Center is another example of ABB’s concept of the Internet of Things, Services and People. By using the latest digital technologies customers can connect with ABB from shore or onboard, allowing the transfer of knowledge and support in just one click.

    Azipod propulsion has become synonymous especially with the cruise industry and the Integrated Operations Center will allow ship owners to take greater control of the performance and maintenance of the propulsion units. Since its first installation 25 years ago, Azipod units have clocked up more than 12 million running hours with very high availability. 

    “Our Azipod Monitoring Services provides the real time health status of Azipod items. In case an abnormality occurs, the system generates an early alarm that maximizes the reaction time for the maintenance support,” said Jussi Vikström, VP Propulsion Product Services says. ““We can monitor the vessel motion and power plant context also, which allows us to analyze and recommend preventive measures to extend the lifetime of the monitored equipment.”

    “With cruise ships carrying more passengers and becoming increasingly complex, taking a proactive approach to monitoring mission critical systems is more important than ever,” said Marcus Martelin, VP Services for the Passenger and Cargo Segment at ABB. “From the Integrated Operations Center we can identify onboard issues before the crew even knows about it and make many interventions predictable.”

    Further centers are scheduled to open in Asia and the US in 2016. 

    ABB is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.




2019 December 5

18:05 ABS, MAN & SDARI join forces to develop ammonia-fueled feeder vessel
17:46 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 11M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 21.1 million tonnes
17:21 Extraordinary general shareholders meeting of LUKOIL approves interim dividend
17:05 NORDEN enters new biofuel collaboration with Kvasir Technologies
16:28 Cargo traffic on Northern Sea Route can grow to 160 million tonnes by 2035 – Aleksandr Krutikov
16:05 ABS and CATL sign battery research agreement
15:54 Port of HaminaKotka published its statistics for November 2019
15:30 Ministry for Development of Russian Far East and Arctic expects special economic regime to come into force in Arctic in 2020
15:03 DNV GL and Huangpu-Wenchong sign JDP on 5,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containership
14:49 Global project launched to tackle plastic litter from ships and fisheries
14:33 IMO Assembly approved renewal of Kitack Lim’s appointment as secretary-general of UN body
14:06 Torqeedo powers all-electric harbour water clean-up boat
13:06 YILPORT Puerto Bolívar now operates with four mobile harbor cranes
12:44 Bunker prices increase at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 Norfolk, Virginia to host Port & Terminal Technology USA on 21-22 April 2020
12:17 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 05
12:08 Inmarsat launches Fleet LTE service in the North Sea
11:50 Forum «Arctic: Today and the Future» kicked off in Saint-Petersburg
11:29 “K” Line completes additional development (Phase-2) of “Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions”
11:05 PIL upgrades Redsea Gulf Service and Intra-Redsea Feeder 5
10:37 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
10:01 Bunker sales at port Vladivostok in 11M’19 grew by 53.2% to 1.58 million tonnes
09:36 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.1% to $62.94, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.38% to $58.2
09:18 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,599 points
09:03 CMA CGM and Total sign a major agreement
06:49 Ocean Yield ASA announces delivery of three LR2 product tankers with long-term charters

2019 December 4

18:30 North Carolina Ports Chief Commercial Officer retires
18:09 Diana Shipping announces time charter contracts for m/v Myrsini with Ausca and m/v Artemis with Koch
17:47 DNV GL and GSI cooperate on AI-based solution to improve welding NDT efficiency
17:26 Freight turnover of Neva-Metal (Saint-Petersburg) in 11M’19 fell by 1% Y-o-Y to 2.93 million tonnes
17:09 ABS presents its innovative work at the annual meeting of the ABS South East Asia Regional Committee
16:48 Traficom: new study published on indicative analysis methods used in the control of ships’ ballast water treatment
16:32 Port of Gdynia increased container handling by 13% to 750.439 thousand tons in 10M’2019
16:09 Nexans, Eversource and Ørsted sign Framework Agreement for North American Offshore Wind Farm development with the opportunity to provide up to 1,000 kilometers of export cable for multiple Ørsted projects till 2027 in United States
15:52 Jotun A/S and COSCO Shipping International HK renew JV agreement
15:31 Cargo traffic within Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWWs down 9% to 9.57 million tonnes in 11M’19
15:10 The opening of Port Said tunnel under the Suez Canal provides faster access to SCCT
14:47 Port of Gdynia completed modernization and redevelopment of its video surveillance system
14:30 Port of Ipswich celebrates new partnership milestone with Metsä Wood UK
14:09 Maersk launches new visibility tool “Captain Peter”
13:51 ABP appointed new Head of Operations for Humber International Terminal
13:28 Moscow Canal completed project on digital mapping of Russia’s inland water ways
13:09 Georgia Ports Authority set to exceed 4.6M TEUs for the first time in a calendar year
12:47 Russian Maritime Register of Shipping takes part in Marintec China 2019
12:30 Crew of IBSV Gennadiy Nevelskoy rescued three men in Sea of Okhotsk
12:08 GTT and WISON sign a Technical Assistance and License Agreement for the construction of membrane tank systems
11:53 AS Tallink Grupp reports increase of passenger and cargo turnover in November 2019
11:26 Russian Railways: Loading of export cargo bound for domestic ports up 3.4% to 281.4 million tonnes in 11M’19
11:08 LR collaborates with DSIC and Man Energy Solutions for first ammonia-fuelled ULCS in China
10:47 Bunker market at the port of Saint-Petersburg sees mixed price movements, Russia (graph)
10:30 Hapag-Lloyd to revise the Currency Adjustment Factor for North Europe as of January 1, 2020
10:08 HEP to build the first hydrogen station at the Port of Amsterdam
10:03 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 04
09:56 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,606 points
09:38 Lloyd’s Register grants AiP to CMES, CNOOC, DSIC and GTT for LNG dual-fuelled VLCC design
09:20 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.74% to $61.27, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.68% to $56.48
09:08 Odfjell SE reaches an agreement with Navig8 Chemical Tankers to expands stainless steel chemical tanker pool
08:53 Port of Hamburg anticipates positive impact from the EU-Singapore trade agreement
08:06 P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences development is declared the best innovative product at Seoul Fair
07:06 CMA CGM chooses the port of Marseille-Fos for the bunkering of its future 15,000-TEU vessels