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Sovcomflot optimises performance with ABB remote diagnostics

Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov equipped with ABB’s RDS system, near the Arctic Gates terminal in the Kara Sea Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov equipped with ABB’s RDS system, near the Arctic Gates terminal in the Kara Sea

Sovcomflot has chosen the ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostic System (RDS) for eleven vessels operating in the Arctic and Russia’s Far East, helping to optimise safety and performance through 24/7 remote support.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}From the ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centres that are located worldwide, ABB experts will monitor operational shipboard systems, coordinate remote equipment diagnostics and offer predictive maintenance services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Marine Service Centre in Murmansk, Russia, provides local language support.

The ABB RDS deploys sensor-driven onboard monitoring software that fully integrates with analytics ashore. ABB states that there are clear maintenance savings available to owners that commit to the RDS package as digitally connected on-duty engineers can solve cases remotely and at any time of the day or night, reducing visits to vessels by 30 per cent.

The contract with ABB covers eight shuttle tankers that serve some of Russia’s most significant export developments in a generation, Varandey, Novy Port and Prirazlomnoye. The other three ships are ice-breaking supply vessels deployed in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of the Sakhalin-1 project.

“Predictive monitoring of critical equipment onboard and maintenance support that is available 24/7 will be introduced seamlessly into Sovcomflot’s operations as part of our continuous commitment to enhancing vessel safety and reliability of vessel operations,” said Igor Tonkovidov, executive vice president and chief operating / chief technical officer, Sovcomflot.

“With close to 30 years of experience in delivering Azipod electric propulsion to vessels operating in polar conditions, ABB Marine & Ports is delighted to support Sovcomflot’s frontrunning step in the digitalisation that is driving greater ship efficiency, safety and reliability, as well as enhancing lifecycle support,” commented Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports.“ABB has been integral to Sovcomflot’s success in serving major energy projects in the harshest environments possible. As ABB brings its digital and connected remote monitoring solutions to a new level, we see a good opportunity to make the most of them in our continuous drive to operational excellence.”

This article was originally published on VPO Global. 

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