ABB’S Octopus marine software for Greenland newbuilds

Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter

23 February 2017


Greenland Heavylift Holdings has ordered ABB’s Octopus software for four semi-submersible heavy lift vessels that are currently under construction at CSBC Corporation in Taiwan. The first one is expected to go in service in 2017.

The ships will transport gigantic cargoes such as oil rigs and jack-up rigs, with OCTOPUS providing a tailored route for each voyage that is updated with fresh weather data throughout the transportation.

Octopus is a vessel management software platform enabling ship owners to choose the modules most relevant to their operations.

In this case, Octopus will take into account the hydrodynamic properties of the vessel, loading parameters and the ship’s onboard weather forecasting to create a polar chart that maps the safest and most efficient voyage route. The information will allow ship’s officers to continuously update course or speed decisions during the passage.

ABB will also install sensors to produce real-time roll and motion data covering both cargo and ship motions. This can be viewed from the bridge and ashore. This information is vital to enhance safety onboard and as a guide to the condition of cargoes delivered.

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s marine and ports business said, “OCTOPUS and the heavy lift industry go hand-in-glove. Our marine software has become a vital tool for both the officers onboard and the shore side support team.”