ABB sets out its digital approach to future shipping needs
The industrial technology giant ABB has set out its electric, digital, connected approach for shipping customers going forward.
The company said it wants to realise the full potential of its power, control and automation solutions through a programme of digital integration that will bring about a step change in vessel and fleet management.
“We are living through one of the most exciting periods in the history of the maritime industry,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports.
“Electric. Digital. Connected. encapsulates ABB’s drive to deliver solutions that make the maritime industry safer, more efficient and more sustainable based on a holistic perspective.”
He added that ships featuring pure electric power and propulsion are simpler in terms of layout compared to those running on combustion engines alone and less exposed to wear and tear.
Currently, more than 1300 ships employ ABB electric systems, achieving up to 20% efficiency gains over conventional shaftline systems.
Based on greater efficiency and sustainability, ABB believes that electric propulsion will become a maritime imperative rather than an alternative. Just recently, the company announced the delivery of the first fuel cell system to Royal Caribbean.
For shipyards, too, the case for more electric, digital and connected ships is compelling.
“Because we integrate our electric, automation and digital solutions in the design phase, shipyards can reduce cost, schedule and risk,” said Mikko Lepisto, head of digital solutions at ABB Marine & Ports.
ABB has already invested heavily in shore-side expertise, advanced analytics, software solutions and engineering availability.