Global technology company ABB has opened a new integrated operations centre in Singapore to help increase ship connectivity.
The new centre, which is the third of its type, will help the company’s engineers to follow the sun across the globe.
Typically, at the end of the working day, the new integrated operations centre will hand over to its branches in Norway and Finland, and this process will continue across the globe until the opening of a new integrated operations centre in the US later this year.
ABB Singapore marine and ports business local business unit manager vice-president Mahesh Krishnappa said: "The opening of the new Integrated operations center in Singapore will ensure the very best service for our clients.
"Our service engineers are available 24/7 but there are clear benefits for customers when they can speak to an engineer who is working during regular working hours with a ships data in front of them."
Ship owners, in collaboration with ABB’s engineers, will be able to monitor the performance of whole fleets with the help of the equipment and performance data sent via satellite link by sensors and software equipped on-board ships.
At the new centre, ABB can evaluate data and work with the ship’s on-board and shore-side team to plan maintenance and troubleshoot.
ABB marine and ports business unit integrated operations senior vice-president Richard Windischhofer said: "ABB’s integrated operations centre is a real world consequence of big data and increasing connectivity in the shipping world.
"We have only scratched the surface of what this could mean in the future but the addition of the Singapore facility will increase our capacity to create smarter services."
Currently, ABB can connect to around 600 ships.
With ABB’s integrated operations, ship owners can save up to 50% on dry docking costs. During dry dockings, data is gathered from systems and used as input and maintenance work.
ABB stated that its integrated operations centre helps the marine industry meet the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions and ensuring energy efficient operations.
Since 2012, the integrated operations centres along with their customers have help save over 850,000t of CO2.
Image: ABB opens a new integrated operations centre in Singapore to help increases ship connectivity. Photo: courtesy of ABB.