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ABB adds second remote vessel monitoring facility

ABB has opened a second Integrated Operations Centre in Helsinki, to provide real time vessel monitoring services to the passenger, cargo and icegoing vessel sectors.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The company already runs a similar facility in Billingstad, Norway which has oversight of ABB’s customers in the oil and gas sector.

The new centre 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 majority of modern cruise vessels and icebreakers.

The Integrated Operations Centre also connects to the ship owner’s onshore operational centres 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 back to shore, which allows ship owners, in collaboration with ABB’s own experts, to monitor the performance of whole fleets.

At the centre, 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.”

Further centres are scheduled to open in Asia and the US in 2016, the company says.{/mprestriction}

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