Switzerland-based power and automation company ABB has secured an order from Germany-based shipping company Rickmers Group to supply energy management systems for five of its multi-purpose vessels.

The order involves supply of trim optimisation systems, energy management systems and fleet management solutions.

ABB’s Marine and Cranes business advisory systems manager Mikko Lepistö said that due to high fuel prices the system will start paying back in less than a year.

"Through industry experience and tests on-board we are certain that our trim optimisation system can help our customers save up to 5% in fuel consumption and consequently reduce emissions significantly."

Trim optimisation means ballasting or loading the ship to help it reach a floating position that requires the least propulsion power.

The system provided by ABB dynamically measures the actual trim and advises the vessel crew about the optimal floating position of the ship through easy-to-understand and user-friendly displays.

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The data generated through the system is then transferred to a cloud-based application to help in vessel benchmarking.

ABB’s trim optimisation system also allows the energy management of vessels onshore, offering full visibility of the fleet’s energy consumption.

The system is part of ABB’s newly developed advisory suite of software which will help Rickmers’ vessels cut fuel consumption, as well as reduce the level of emissions from the vessels.

Installation of the system will be done one by one, with the first vessel installed with the system planned to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2012. All five vessels will be equipped with the system by the end of year.