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Rickmers agrees ABB deal

Rickmers Group in Germany has agreed a deal with ABB to supply advisory systems for dynamic trim optimisation and fleet management solutions for five multi-purpose vessels operated by Rickmers-Linie.

The technology will be used to operate the vessels in the most efficient way possible, to save on fuel consumption.

ABB’s trim optimisation system aims to do this by dynamically measuring the actual trim and advises the crew on optimal floating position of the ship via a range of displays.

All data generated onboard is also transferred to a cloud based application for vessel benchmarking. This provides the management onshore with full visibility of the fleet’s energy consumption, as all systems are connected together by the ABB system.

Together these systems form what ABB calls its Advisory Suite of software products, newly developed by the company after an expansion of its portfolio of products for Vessel Information and Control systems in 2011.

The range now includes integrated automation, vessel management and control systems, as well as marine instrumentation and sensors, which can all be combined to improve performance.

The installation of the system will be done vessel by vessel, with the first system expected to be commissioned in the third quarter of 2012.

The complete system for five vessels is expected to be fully operational by the end of year.

“With current fuel prices, the estimated payback of the system is less than a year,” said Mikko Lepistö, advisory systems manager for ABB’s marine and cranes business.

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

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