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Cosco to implement Octopus Onboard

Amarcon, a member of the ABB group, has received an order for a total of eleven OCTOPUS-Onboard installations for Heavy Lift vessels from Cosco Heavy Transport and BigLift Shipping.

This Cosco deal was the result of a previous leasing agreement whereby the heavy cargo transporter had been using the portable OCTOPUS-Onboard system in a number of instances.

In March 2012 a portable solution of OCTOPUS-Onboard was installed on the m/v Tai An Kou for a one month period to monitor the transportation of a rig. Several other lease installations followed in 2012 and 2013, leading to this order of five permanent OCTOPUS-Onboard systems for five Cosco Heavy lift vessels.

The systems will be used for motion monitoring, response prediction, heavy-weather decision support and weather window evaluation. Amarcon’s Motion Monitor system (TMS-3), which collects data from three onboard accelerometers, is also to be installed so multiple critical locations on the vessel can be measured and displayed on the bridge.

Marc Beerendonk, manager engineering, Cosco Heavy Transport said: “After using the OCTOPUS-Onboard system in the portable surveyor box during various shipments, the system proved its capabilities to the vessels’ crews.”

“Due to more frequent use, we decided to install the system permanently on board the vessels.”

In related news, the Dutch heavy lift cargo transporter BigLift Shipping has also placed an order for a total of six OCTOPUS-Onboard installations with similar functionality to those to be delivered to Cosco.

BigLift Shipping operates a fleet of thirteen specialised heavy lift vessels serving the oil & gas, mining and power generating industries. BigLift already uses OCTOPUS-Onboard on four of its vessels, with the first installation completed in 2009.

The OCTOPUS product line is part of ABB's Vessel Information and Control (VICO) systems package which incorporates a range of automation and advisory solutions specifically for marine applications, based on ABB’s process automation technologies.

Amarcon, a fully owned subsidiary of ABB, provides monitoring and forecasting software solutions for performance and availability optimisation of sea-going vessels, and vessel motion prediction solutions.

ABB acquired Amarcon in August 2012 to expand its marine software offering.

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