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ABB to complete Cosco Heavy Transport fleet installation

The heavy lift vessel Xiang Rui Kou The heavy lift vessel Xiang Rui Kou

ABB is to supply its onboard motion monitoring and forecasting system to the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel, which will complete delivery of the software to the entire Cosco Heavy Transport fleet.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system that will be installed is a mixed software and motion measurement set-up that provides advice on how to operate the vessel and her cargo through heavy weather, as well as offering warnings on the bridge when certain motion thresholds are exceeded.

The motion and forecasting system combines wave measurements, weather forecasts, and navigation with ship characteristics, loading conditions, and motion sensor measurements.

“Ship operators are increasingly looking at ways to exploit the increased connectivity of ships and ABB has compelling marine software solutions to increase safety and efficiency,” said Juha Koskela, managing director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business unit.

ABB’s decision support system has already been used on board six Cosco Heavy Transport semi-submersible vessels for several years, with the company’s semi-submersible newbuild, Xiang He Kou, currently being outfitted with ABB’s motion monitoring and forecasting system to complete the fleet of seven.

“Now we have connected all our vessels to this software we are able to fully utilise ABB’s Fleet Portal, so all the motion related data collected from the whole fleet can be tracked and benchmarked. By doing so, we are able to increase the safety of the voyages and the comfort level of our client significantly,” said Marc Beerendonk, director of engineering at Cosco Heavy Transport.{/mprestriction}

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