ABB Secures Heavy Lift Cargo with OCTOPUS


ABB Marine has been chosen to provide safety and efficiency operations for nine heavy lift vessels carrying with their OCTOPUS solution.

The system, released by ABB in late May, 2018, provides real-time data to ensure the safety of carried cargo — and will be used to provide an optimal route for the vessels based on weather and forecasted vessel motions.

The vessels, operated by COSCO Shipping, will be servicing the expansion of a large oil field in Kazakhstan — which will be transporting modules weighing up to 1,800 tons from fabrication yards in Korea and Europe to the transshipment ports in the Black and Baltic Sea.

ABB will install sensors on each vessel to generate real-time roll and motion data for both the cargo and vessel, which will be instantly accessible to officers on the bridge and support teams ashore.

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Chief Operating Officer, COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Transport, Marc Beerendonk, said: “Together with our partners, we have been contracted to ensure the safe and timely delivery of project modules into Kazakhstan.

“We already have considerable experience of using ABB’s OCTOPUS software, as our own semi-submersible heavy lift fleet has used the system for a number of years.

“We look forward to taking this collaboration a step further and rolling out this highly effective technology across the heavy lift ships in the TCO transportation and logistics contract.”

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Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports, Juha Koskela, commented: “The contract demonstrates once again that OCTOPUS has become the industry standard solution for predicting and measuring motions on semi-submersible heavy lift vessels.”

“One of the reasons for the system’s popularity is that it can be easily scaled.

“This means that more functionality can be added to meet the requirements of different owners and operators, as well as for specific transportation contracts.”

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