ABB to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for offshore vessels

19 May 2014 (Last Updated May 19th, 2014 18:30)

Switzerland-based power and automation technology provider ABB has been awarded more than $20m worth of contracts to provide electrical power and propulsion systems for two next-generation offshore vessels.

ULSTEIN SX165

Switzerland-based power and automation technology provider ABB has been awarded more than $20m worth of contracts to provide electrical power and propulsion systems for two next-generation offshore vessels.

Under the contract, ABB will provide a power and diesel electric system package, including medium-voltage generators, switchboards, transformers, frequency converters and motors.

Currently under construction at Ulstein Verft in Norway, the 145.7m-long vessel features the Ulstein SX165 design, three separate engine rooms and two cranes that can lift 400t and 140t respectively.

Being designed for Island Ventures 11, a joint venture of Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore, the vessel can accommodate 200 people and is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2015.

The second vessel for Island Offshore features the Rolls-Royce UT 777 design and will be constructed at Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan. It is due for delivery in 2017.

In addition to power and diesel electric system package, ABB will supply fire and gas monitoring and control systems for fire and gas detection for the second vessel.

Power distribution and propulsion systems on both the vessels will be monitored by ABB’s remote diagnostic system (RDS), allowing for improved operational safety.

ABB Marine and Cranes Business Unit head Heikki Soljama said: "ABB’s advanced power system and remote diagnostic system will maximise the operational flexibility and safety."

"We look forward to co-operating in the projects and to delivering high-quality services to these pioneering new ships."


Image: The Ulstein SX165-based vessel is currently being constructed at Ulstein Verft in Norway. Photo: courtesy of ABB.