ABB gets automation breakthrough in China

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

15 November 2018


Technology group ABB claims that the first marine automation system contract it has signed in China for a cruise ferry sets new benchmark for systems integration. The contract was won after the technology package for the Viking Line vessel being built by Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry was extended to include the ABB Ability System 800xA.

The system integrates power, propulsion and vessel management systems into one platform, enabling both crew and onshore teams to get a comprehensive overview of all the information needed to operate the vessel in the safest and most efficient manner. Adding marine automation to the technology package will improve project management, as well as result in greater vessel efficiency and digitalisation.

Viking Line

As well as the ABB electrical power generation, distribution systems and bow thruster motors, the vessel will be the first cruise ferry in the world to feature twin XO 2100-type Azipod® units – the propulsion solution of choice in the cruise ship market. The 63,000gt LNG-fuelled cruise ferry, will have space for 2,800-passengers when she joins services connecting the Finnish port of Turku in Finland, the Åland Islands and Stockholm, Sweden, in 2020.

“On her delivery, this vessel will be the most efficient cruise ferry operating in the Baltic, if not the world,” said Jan Hanses, President and CEO, Viking Line. “Extending our arrangement with ABB to include the full automation package made perfect sense, given that ABB has the dedicated local automation team and access to global engineering resources that will ensure both responsiveness and delivery of a vessel benefiting from the highest levels of systems integration.”

“Chinese shipbuilding is one of the most significant markets for ABB’s power, propulsion and automation system,” said Alf Kåre Adnanes, head of ABB’s Marine and Ports business in China. “Chinese shipyards are diversifying their portfolios, and ABB’s long history in the cruise sector is particularly relevant to China’s shipbuilders. We are part of an existing shipping cluster and can support Chinese shipyards in their strategy to build cruise vessels for China and for global customers.”

“As ABB’s first marine automation contract for a cruise ferry in China, this is a breakthrough in a crucial territory where our marine business continues to increase, but it also confirms that our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected’ strategy is gaining traction in a growing number of sectors and markets,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. “