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Newbuild heavy lift vessels to have OCTOPUS on board

ABB reports that its OCTOPUS marine software is to be applied on four new semi-submersible heavy lift vessels, to assist in operational efficiency using weather and loading data to plot optimal routes.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The ships, owned by Greenland Heavylift Holdings, will transport gigantic cargoes such as oil rigs and jack-up rigs, with tailored routes provided by the software for each voyage that will be updated with fresh weather data throughout the journey.

The OCTOPUS system takes into account the hydrodynamic properties of the vessel, loading parameters and the ship’s onboard weather forecasting to create a polar chart that maps the safest and most efficient voyage route, allowing ships’ officers to continuously update course or speed decisions during the passage.

ABB will also install sensors to produce real-time roll and motion data covering both cargo and ship motions, which can be viewed from the bridge and on shore. This information is used to maintain safety onboard and as a guide to the condition of the cargoes delivered.

“The OCTOPUS system is considered to be the industry standard when it comes to prediction and measurement of vessel motions for semisubmersible heavy lift ships,” said Dagfinn Thorsen, Greenland Heavylift Holdings.

“For us it was a logical choice to select OCTOPUS technology for safe and efficient execution of heavy lift cargo projects.”  

The vessels are currently under construction at CSBC Corporation in Taiwan, with the first of the four expected to go into service in 2017.{/mprestriction}

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