ABB to remotely monitor Sovcomflot ice-going fleet

Malcolm Latarche
Malcolm Latarche
ShipInsight

02 August 2019


Marine technology specialist ABB has won a contract to supply ABB Ability Remote Diagnostic Systems for Marine to eleven Sovcomflot vessels operating in the Arctic and Russia’s Far East, helping optimise safety and performance through 24/7 remote support

Sovcomflot’s vessels will be among over 1,000 ships connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centers worldwide. From here, ABB experts monitor operational shipboard systems, coordinate remote equipment diagnostics and offer predictive maintenance services around the clock. This can be especially crucial for vessels operating in remote areas. The recently inaugurated Marine Service Centre in Murmansk, Russia, adds local language support into the offering, which is particularly relevant for customers such as Sovcomflot – Russia’s largest shipping company.

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Sovcomflot, operates the world’s largest fleet of ice-going vessels powered by ABB’s Azipod® electric propulsion. 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. “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.”

“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,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports.