ABB has secured a contract from India’s Cochin Shipyard (CSL) to provide an integrated power and automation package for use in two passenger ferries.
As part of the contract, the vessels will be equipped with ABB’s Ability System 800xA to fully integrate their power generation, distribution and propulsion systems.
ABB will also provide generators, main switchboards, transformers, the power management and propulsion control systems, propulsion motors and drives, as well as the integrated alarm, monitoring and control system (IAMCS) under the deal.
ABB Marine and Ports managing director Juha Koskela said: “Indian owners recognise the efficiency and sustainability benefits available through integration.
“This order is a major breakthrough for ABB’s integrated power and automation technology in a new market, but it also highlights that equivalent benefits are available to owners from our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected.’ approach anywhere in the world.
“Shipowners and operators in any market can benefit from the connectivity and remote management techniques, optimising them by choosing shipboard systems that are themselves characterised by integration and digitalisation.”
Scheduled to be delivered to India’s Andaman and Nicobar Administration in 2020, the new ferries will be able to carry 1,200 passengers.
Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will operate the vessels to connect mainland India with Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal.
Cochin Shipyard chairman and managing director Madhu Nair said: “These ferries will play a significant part in meeting the demands of the growing local infrastructure and proving transport links within the Bay of Bengal.”
CSL started the block erection work on two ships for Andaman and Nicobar Administration in April.
Once developed, each of the vessels will have the capacity to carry 500 passengers and 150t of cargo on-board.