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ABB signs Chinese marine automation deal

ABB reports that it has won its first marine automation system contract for a cruise ferry in China, after the technology package it was contracted to supply for a Chinese-built Viking Line vessel was extended to include the ABB Ability System 800xA.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Ability system integrates power, propulsion and vessel management systems into one platform, providing a range of information needed to operate the vessel within a centralised environment.

“On her delivery, this vessel will be the most efficient cruise ferry operating in the Baltic, if not the world,” said Jan Hanses, president and CEO, Viking Line.

“Extending our arrangement with ABB to include the full automation package made perfect sense, given that ABB has the dedicated local automation team and access to global engineering resources that will ensure both responsiveness and delivery of a vessel benefiting from the highest levels of systems integration.”

The 63,000 GT LNG-fuelled cruise ferry, which is being built at the Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry shipyard, will have space for 2,800 passengers on services connecting the Finnish port of Turku, the Åland Islands and Stockholm, Sweden, in 2020. 

“Chinese shipbuilding is one of the most significant markets for ABB’s power, propulsion and automation system,” said Alf Kåre Adnanes, head of ABB’s Marine and Ports business in China.

“Chinese shipyards are diversifying their portfolios, and ABB’s long history in the cruise sector is particularly relevant to China’s shipbuilders. We are part of an existing shipping cluster and can support Chinese shipyards in their strategy to build cruise vessels for China and for global customers.”

ABB Ability is the company’s unified offering extending from onboard devices out to the Cloud, with the goal of integrating data to and from products, systems, and services. The platform is built on Microsoft Azure Cloud technologies.

“As ABB’s first marine automation contract for a cruise ferry in China, this is a breakthrough in a crucial territory where our marine business continues to increase, but it also confirms that our ‘Electric. Digital. Connected’ strategy is gaining traction in a growing number of sectors and markets,” said Juha Koskela, managing director, ABB Marine & Ports.

“Integration that is available from the ground up meets today’s requirements and positions ABB to incorporate future technologies in a straightforward way.”{/mprestriction}

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