ABB to provide energy management system to Viking ferry


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ABB has received an order to provide an energy management system (EMS) to a Viking Line ferry under construction at the STX Yard in Turku, Finland, and scheduled to be delivered to Viking Line in 2013.

Viking Line has selected ABB's EMMA energy management system to manage energy-related processes, practices and decisions on the new ferry, and to use fuel efficiently from the very first day of operation.

Viking Line project manager Kari Granberg said one of the top priorities at the company is to lower the emissions and fuel consumption on its fleet. "We were looking for a good monitoring tool that automatically regulated power consumption and was as easy to operate as a traffic light. ABB's EMMA became our first choice," Granberg said.

The cruise ferry, which has a length of 218m and a top speed of 22kt, will have the capacity to carry 2,800 passengers and serve the route connecting Turku, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

The NB 1376 represents a completely new generation of ferries with its liquified natural gas (LNG) fuel system built by Wärtsilä, interior design by the dSign Vertti Kivi and a host of other innovations that provide passengers with a totally new and fresh cruise experience.

The new-generation ferry will be fueled by LNG, meaning that sulphur oxide emissions will be almost zero, and nitrogen oxide emissions will be at least 80% below the International Maritime Organization's current stipulated level.

EMMA is based on ABB's process automation software for energy management, which has been delivered to 60 customers. ABB head of process automation division Veli-Matti Reinikkala said the company is committed to the development of cutting-edge technology for its marine customers so that they can meet their operational efficiency and environmental goals. "EMMA is a tool that draws on the successes of energy management systems in the process industries and applies them to the specific challenges faced by ship operators," Reinikkala said.

The company's scope of supply to Viking Line includes EMMA software, which compares and analyses the current operational data of the vessel, then calculates and advises on areas for improvement with easy-to-understand displays. It also includes an extended energy management tool that models energy consumption and calculates optimal operating conditions, so that ships can perform at the highest possible fuel and energy efficiency.

In January last year, Wärtsilä won a contract from STX Finland to deliver propulsion machinery for the NB 1376. Under the deal, Wärtsilä supplied four 8L50DF main engines, transverse bow and stern tunnel thrusters, and two stainless steel fixed pitch, built-up main propellers with complete propeller shaft lines, and environmentally sound shaft line seal systems. The propellers were designed with the lowest possible pressure impulses for superb vibration control.

Caption: The new cruise ferry under construction will be one of the world's most environmentally friendly cruise ferries. Credit: ABB.