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ABB Cites Demand for Upgrades

Image: ABB Demand for upgraded vessel information and control systems has increased markedly over the last 12-months, reports ABB. The engineering and technology conglomerate attributes the growth to ship operators needing to comply with new environmental regulations, while also wanting to lower onboard energy use and fuel consumption.

ABB has an installed base of more than 3000 automation and control systems in the maritime sector. In 2011, it sold 350 automation, vessel management and control systems of various types for a wide range of vessels, including drill ships, jack-up drilling rigs, offshore support vessels, and passenger vessels.

The company’s portfolio of solutions comprise a broad range of fleet management reporting solutions, integrated automation, vessel management and control systems, and marine instrumentation and sensors. These are designed to help optimise vessel operations and performance, improve energy efficiency, equipment reliability and availability as well as ensure operational safety. Furthermore, ABB says, they provide the ‘visibility and control’ needed to improve operating costs.
Reflecting the increased demand, the company has established a new vessel information and control business unit to develop solutions specifically for maritime, which will draw upon know-how and experience gained in land-based industrial applications.

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