ABB’s Amarcon provides fuel monitoring systems for Pioneer Marine’s bulk carriers

23 February 2015 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2015 18:30)

ABB's Amarcon has been contracted to deliver SEEMP-compliant Octopus-Onboard fuel monitoring systems for 12 Handysize bulk carriers that will be built by YangZhou GuoYu Shipbuilding in China.

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ABB’s Amarcon has been contracted to deliver SEEMP-compliant Octopus-Onboard fuel monitoring systems for 12 Handysize bulk carriers that will be built by YangZhou GuoYu Shipbuilding in China.

YangZhou GuoYu Shipbuilding will construct the vessels for Singapore-based owner Pioneer Marine and delivery is expected between this year and 2016.

The Octopus-Onboard fuel monitoring system comprises Coriolis flow sensors, a Torductor torque measurement system and a software solution.

It offers wave measurements, weather forecasts and navigation data such as speed, course, RPM and the voyage plan, as well as ship characteristics, loading conditions and motion sensor measurements.

Octopus-Onboard is capable of providing significant fuel consumption indicators to the vessel crew and the onshore operations department through sending sensor-measured data to the software.

"Octopus-Onboard advisory system compliments the Green Dolphin new-build design and introduces a new dimension to ensuring optimal fuel efficiency."

ABB Marine and Ports business managing director Heikki Soljama said: "Our Octopus-Onboard system helps ship operators to efficiently optimise the fuel consumption of their fleet while they also reduce their emissions."

Pioneer Marine president and CEO Pankaj Khanna said: "The Octopus-Onboard advisory system compliments the Green Dolphin new-build design and introduces a new dimension to ensuring optimal fuel efficiency.

"Accurate advice based on the sensor-measured information enables the crew to operate the vessel in the most fuel efficient manner, thus reducing our carbon footprint."

The Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), which has been mandatory on all vessels since 2013, is an operational measure that aims to enhance the energy-efficiency of a ship in a cost-effective manner.


Image: Pioneer Marine’s Handysize bulk carriers will feature Octopus-Onboard fuel monitoring system. Photo: courtesy of ABB.