ABB provides a new marine software to support the research voyages undertaken by ‘By the Ocean we Unite’, the charitable organisation whose mission is to highlight the damage done by the millions of tonnes of plastics that end up in the world’s oceans every year.
The group has installed Marine Advisory System including SPOS Onboard weather routing software from MeteoGroup, on the sailing yacht Fantastiko to help crew route-plan and monitor weather conditions on a research voyage in waters off Rotterdam, the South of England, the Channel Islands, France and Belgium during August.
“Today, it is estimated that 23,000 kilos of plastics are dumped into the world’s oceans every single minute,” says Thomas van Thiel, By the Ocean we Unite.
ABB’ marine software offers a comprehensive product portfolio for performance management and decision support in marine operations, which leads to improved safety, workability and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by optimizing energy efficiency onboard a vessel.
“These materials are fragmenting into ever smaller particles, damaging the marine environment and marine life, and entering the food chain. Plastics also act as sponges to other toxic chemicals already in the seas, concentrating areas of pollution. Removing plastics from the oceans is not currently feasible, but we must identify sources and effects because prevention is not only the better option, but cheaper than cleaning the oceans.”
During the 17-day voyage, the professional crew on board Fantastiko will work in support of scientists researching first-hand the sources of and impact made by plastic pollution in one of the busiest seaways in the world.
Bart Cunnen, Vice President of the ABB Benelux Marine & Ports organization, highlighted the company’s commitment towards marine sustainability; thus ABB offers an ‘energy efficiency training’ to create awareness of the practicalities related to a sustainable vessels profile.
“Participants leave equipped with the tools to make real life fuel savings, Identify the origins of air pollution, explain the IMO rules and activities related to energy efficiency and GHG control, and take the steps necessary to align with EEDI surveys and SEEMP.” Mr. Cunnen explained.