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Maersk Line to implement ABB and MeteoGroup optimisation systems

The system will include data on vessel motion and weather The system will include data on vessel motion and weather

ABB reports that it is working with MeteoGroup to equip 140 Maersk Line containerships with advisory software that will help to optimise routes based on factors including hull design and weather.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The deal will see ABB combine its Octopus motion-monitoring, forecasting and decision-support software with MeteoGroup’s SPOS Seekeeping plug-in.

Once fitted on Maersk Line’s ships, the software will enable captains to define on board loading conditions, and more accurately determine areas of the ocean where the ship’s motion is likely to exceed threshold values. Routes can then be optimised automatically to skirt adverse conditions.

“Both MeteoGroup and ABB take great pride in the fact that we are delivering an onboard advisory tool for the world’s biggest container shipping company,” said Heikki Soljama, managing director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business unit.

“This will enable Maersk to execute cargo transportation across the world in a safe and efficient manner.”

ABB’s Octopus advisory package includes a three-dimensional hydrodynamic database for each individual hull type to produce calculations about how a ship will respond to dynamic weather and ocean conditions.

This means that the resulting routing advice is tailored to the individual vessel with respect to environmental conditions such as wind, currents and swell, and the effect these changing conditions may have on the ship’s behaviour.{/mprestriction}

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