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Torque monitoring data system launched by ABB

The system was trialled on the Stena Scotia The system was trialled on the Stena Scotia

ABB is adding a new torque monitoring system called Torductor Marine to its Marine Software portfolio, designed to assist in optimising engine and fuel efficiency in the maritime sector.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The launch comes after the completion of a successful trial on Stena Line’s freight ferry Stena Scotia, where sensors tracked the performance of the vessel’s engines and displayed it within ABB’s software which visualises the data for the onboard crew and can be shared with the ship’s shore-side support team.

Following the tests of the system on the portside propeller shaft, Stena Line agreed to transition the test installation into a permanent one, and purchased a second installation for the Starboard shaft.

Installation involves mounting contactless sensors facing the propeller shaft with a gap of approximately 1.5mm. Other than the shaft itself, there are no moving parts, which ABB says should mean that the system can operate almost maintenance free.

The new Torductor Marine will be partly targeted at shipping companies looking to demonstrate compliance with the requirements laid down by the IMO for Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMP), as it can offer quantifiable insight into the performance of the vessel’s engine, such as propulsion power, Specific Fuel Oil Consumption (SFOC), total number of shaft revolutions and the total amount of energy developed during a voyage.

“The shipping industry is turning to technology to make their fleets more efficient and comply with international regulations,” said Juha Koskela, managing director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business unit.

“At ABB we are leveraging increased ship connectivity and Torductor Marine exemplifies how we are helping ships become more efficient through Marine Software.”{/mprestriction}

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