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ABB and Kongsberg to work towards common data vessel infrastructure

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ABB and Kongsberg Digital have agreed to work towards a common data infrastructure and accelerate the development of value-added digital applications and services for vessels.

In a statement, ABB Turbocharging said the agreement will enable it to use Vessel Insight, Kongsberb’s digital solution.

It will be used as an additional data infrastructure service for ABB Turbocharging’s digital solutions. Such exchange of data between cloud platforms is fundamental to enabling remote diagnostics on vessel engines.

The recent introduction of continuous performance evaluation functionality in ABB’s advisory software for engines, ABB Ability™ Tekomar XPERT, allows timeseries engine data to be transferred between platforms.

“Partnerships between major players are key in bringing about high value digital solutions to the maritime sector at a lower cost and faster pace,” said Hege Skryseth, President of Kongsberg Digital.

“With Kongsberg Digital and ABB Turbocharging working together to increase the value offering to customers, we can deliver an even more attractive return on investment to vessel owners and operators.

“We are excited about working together with ABB Turbocharging and our customers to accelerate their digitalization journey.

ABB Turbocharging and Kongsberg Digital said they have a “common interest” in accelerating the adoption of digital technologies in a safe, reliable and sustainable manner with the aim of delivering solutions for a safer, smarter and greener maritime industry.

The partnership, they said, will enable performance analysis of engines, through fully automated solutions supported by sensors, that will give transparency and confidence in data and can then be easily shared with other parties and OEMs to help generate more value. This translates into less workload for the crew.

Cristian Corotto, Vice President Digital Customer Solutions, ABB Turbocharging said: “This collaboration will take our customers further, faster. Our goal is to empower ship owners and operators to extract the maximum value from their engine data.

“This co-operation will help to deliver the tools and insights into engine performance needed to make their vessel operations better, their fleet management more efficient and their businesses more profitable and sustainable.

“It is a simple and valuable choice for a next step towards operational transparency and the digitalization of shipping.”

The agreement was signed 21 August 2020 and enters into effect immediately.

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