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ABB energy management for Balearia ferry

ABB today reports that Spanish ferry operator Balearia has ordered its EMMA energy management software. The advisory software will be installed on board the ferry Martin i Soler, with an option to extend the project to two further vessels in the Balearia fleet.

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Zurich-based ABB says that the package supplied, which covers dynamic trim optimisation and hull condition monitoring, can improve a vessel’s fuel efficiency by more than 2 per cent, assisting in optimising propulsive power and forecasting hull and propeller fouling to help save fuel and reduce emissions. 

ABB’s trim optimisation system dynamically measures actual trim and advises the crew on steering adjustments. All data generated on board is transferred to a cloud-based application for vessel benchmarking, which can provide management onshore with visibility of the energy consumption across the entire fleet.

“Balearia and ABB are expecting over 2 per cent savings in propulsion power used at sea through the installation of the trim optimisation system and hull monitoring, which will have the same impact in the fuel consumption and consequently reduce emissions,” said Guillermo Alomar, Balearia’s fleet manager.

Balearia operates ferries connecting the four Balearic Islands to mainland Spain, as well as providing daily inter-island sailings. The company also operates in the Strait of Gibraltar and between the United States and the Bahamas. It has 17 vessels currently in service.

“ABB is committed to the development of cutting-edge technology that will help ship operators with the challenge they face today, and we are confident that ABB’s energy management systems will help Balearia to optimise vessel operations while improving the energy efficiency,” said  Heikki Soljama, head of ABB’s Marine and Cranes Business Unit.


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