Technology group ABB has introduced a new function to its Ability Marine Advisory System, OCTOPUS, in order to make the project cargo vessels more fuel-efficient and safe.

The functionality is designed to help project cargo shipowners to estimate the expected forces that the cargo will encounter in transit without preconfiguring the system for each new voyage.

It will also enable them to save costs on system configuration while offering the same quality motion forecasts as the traditional OCTOPUS setup.

The OCTOPUS function will increase the safety for crew and cargo, as well as ensure fuel savings and reliable estimated time of arrival.

The solution involves a motion sensor that can be installed on the bridge for accurate insight into the pitch and roll motions of the vessel, as well as the vessel’s velocities and accelerations.

Data provided by the sensor will help the crew quickly evaluate the potential impact of these conditions on the cargo and take necessary actions.

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“We have developed this tailored ABB Ability functionality to meet the needs of the project cargo vessel owners across the globe.”

A single screen reflects all the key parameters in real-time, enabling the crew to operate the vessel in the most optimal way.

The solution is also designed to display an alarm in the event of a threshold being exceeded.

ABB Marine and Ports managing director Juha Koskela said: “Taking customer feedback on-board, we have developed this tailored ABB Ability functionality to meet the needs of the project cargo vessel owners across the globe and help them achieve higher levels of operational efficiency.”

ABB OCTOPUS system has primarily been developed to provide a number of functionalities to optimise energy efficiency on-board a vessel.

Capable of reducing fuel consumption and emissions, the solution increases availability and safety on a single vessel, or on a fleet of vessels.