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ABB Turbocharging boosts fuel efficiency on smaller ships

ABB Turbo Systems Ltd. has played a key role in bringing the benefits of Wärtsilä's RT-flex technology to two-stroke engine installation onboard smaller ships.Increasingly, owners of smaller merchant vessels prefer two-stroke, low speed engines over their four-stroke counterparts, in light of fuel savings, lower operating costs and lower emissions. To meet this need, Wärtsilä has reconfigured the layout of the widely specified RT-flex50 version-D engine to overcome width limitations that preclude installation of an engine with an exhaust-side turbocharger attached.The new layout sees the A170-L unit from ABB Turbo Systems positioned directly above the fly wheel at the driving end of the engine. Wärtsilä licensee Hyundai Heavy Industries, South Korea, recently completed the first shop tests on an RT-flex50 version-D engine to feature an A170-L turbocharger unit from ABB in the new lay-out.The space-saving step opens the way for the fuel-saving engine type to be offered for ship designs with slim stern sections, including smaller tankers, bulk carriers and 'handysize' container vessels.The HHI tests verified that the configuration provides a viable alternative to other engine types featuring a smaller cylinder bore and higher speed. The first engine to pass the test will be installed on a newbuld at HHI's Ulsan ...

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Rickmers opts for energy saving system

BB to supply energy management systems for five multi-purpose vessel Power and automation technology group ABB is to supply advisory systems for dynamic trim optimization and fleet management solutions for five multi-purpose vessels to German shipowner Rickmers Group in Germany.ABB's trim optimization system dynamically measures the actual trim and advises the crew on optimal floating position of the ship with easy-to-understand and user-friendly displays. All data generated onboard is transferred to a web-based application for vessel benchmarking. That provides the management onshore with full visibility of the fleet's energy consumption, as all systems are connected together by ABB's solution.ABB expanded its portfolio of solutions for Vessel Information and Control systems in 2011. They consist of a broad range of marine advisory and fleet management solutions, integrated automation, vessel management and control systems, and marine instrumentation and sensors, all of which help to optimize vessel operations and performance, improve energy efficiency, onboard equipment reliability and availability, and operational safety."With current fuel prices, the estimated payback of the system is less than a year" says Mikko Lepistö, Advisory Systems manager for ABB's Marine and Cranes business. "Through industry experience and tests on-board we are certain that our trim optimization system can help ...

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ABB wins order for energy management systems for five multi-purpose vessels

Energy and fleet management systems will improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently won an order from Rickmers Group in Germany to supply advisory systems for dynamic trim optimization and fleet man agement solutions for five multi-purpose vessels. Trim optimization means ballasting or loading the ship to achieve the floating position that consumes the least propulsion power.The operator of the vessels, Rickmers-Linie, a leading global specialist for the ocean transportation of break-bulk, heavy lift and project cargo ships, and deliveries for large-scale projects, is a member of the Hamburg based Rickmers Group.ABB's delivery will help the ship management teams to operate the vessels in the most efficient way to save fuel at maximum level. ABB will supply trim optimization systems, energy management systems and fleet management solutions. ABB's trim optimization system dynamically measures the actual trim and advises the crew on optimal floating position of the ship with easy-to-understand and user-friendly displays. All data generated onboard is transferred to a cloud based application for vessel benchmarking. That provides the management onshore with full visibility of the fleet's energy consumption, as all systems are connected together by ABB's solution.The delivered solutions are part ...

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ABB wins long-term service contract from Carnival to improve energy efficiency

Long-term Azipod maintenance agreement for 20 ships will improve energy efficiency by 2.5 to 4 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won a long-term service contract from Carnival Corporation to maintain and upgrade ABB's Azipod equipment over the next 15 years for 20 ships in their fleet, cutting costs by as much as $1 million a year per ship.Carnival is the world's largest cruise ship operator and has 20 cruise vessels with Azipod propulsion systems. ABB's energy efficient Azipod uses less fuel than traditional systems, and provides better maneuverability in all operating conditions. The upgrades are projected to improve the already high energy efficiency of Azipod units by 2.5 to 4 percent."Customers in all industries are looking at ways to reduce overall lifecycle costs and make such costs more predictable, while continuing to improve equipment performance," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division. "We provide a full portfolio of services, including ongoing technology upgrades and dependable maintenance support to help extend the life of equipment, and ensure that it runs at the highest energy efficiency levels possible."The service contract covers technology and energy efficiency upgrades for all Azipod systems and propulsion condition monitoring for all ...

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Ship Scrapping Recycle Circuit Boards, Electronic Equipment

The entire e-scrap recycling process is controlled by ABB Boliden is currently ramping up a new plant adjacent to its existing electronic scrap recycling facility at the Rönnskär copper smelter in northern Sweden - an expansion that will almost triple recycling capacity from 45,000 metric tons to 120,000 metric tons a year, making it the largest e-scrap recycling facility in the world.

Rönnskär is an integrated metallurgical complex, which smelts and refines metals from mined copper concentrates and from recyclable materials like metal shred and electronic scrap.E-scrap comes from computers, mobile phones, circuit boards and other electronic equipment and contains metals such as copper, gold and silver.

The pre-sorted and pre-shredded e-scrap is smelted at Rönnskär using Boliden's proprietary Kaldo furnace technology. After smelting, the molten metals are transferred to the adjoining production lines for processing into high-grade products.ABB has played a significant role in the Kaldo plant expansion and at the Rönnskär complex as a whole. For the new Kaldo plant, ABB has supplied a comprehensive range of process-critical power and automation technologies, including the process control system.The entire e-scrap recycling process is controlled by ABB's 800xA Extended Automation System, and includes customized features such as remote operation of the process ...

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ABB wins $60 million marine order for energy efficient propulsion system

For two new cruise ships to be built in Japan by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $60 million to provide complete power and propulsion systems for two new cruise ships to be built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. at their shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, for German cruise line operator AIDA.ABB's delivery will help the ships to maximize their fuel efficiency, speed and maneuverability, as well as to provide a reliable power supply to improve the availability of onboard equipment. Each of the 125,000 ton cruise ships will have a passenger capacity of 3,250. The new ships are scheduled for delivery in March 2015 and March 2016."ABB's comprehensive solutions for our ship operating customers include the most technologically advanced and energy efficient propulsion systems to help ships improve their maneuverability while using less fuel," said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division. "We also provide reliable and efficient power systems needed to keep all onboard systems running at all times for optimum safety and passenger comfort."ABB will supply complete electrical systems for both ships; including generators, and transformers for propulsion, engine room and distribution, frequency converters, bow thruster motors, ...

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ABB to provide energy management system for new Viking Line ferry

Target for zero marine emissions ABB has won an order to provide an energy management system for one of the world's most environmentally-friendly cruise ferries, which is due to be delivered to Viking Line in 2013. The ship is being built in Finland at the STX Yard in Turku. The new cruise ferry, a 218 meter vessel with a top speed of 22 knots, will have the capacity to carry 2,800 passengers and will serve the route connecting Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. In line with Viking Line's environmental commitments, the new generation ferry will use liquefied natural gas as its fuel, which will be a first for a passenger vessel of this size. Through efficient use of this fuel, the ship will have extremely low emissions and virtually zero marine emissions.Viking Line chose ABB's energy management system for marine applications software - EMMA, which is a part of ABB's marine automation and control offering, to help manage energy-related processes, practices and decisions on the new ferry, to use fuel efficiently from the very first day of operation."One of the top priorities at Viking Line is to lower the emissions and fuel consumption on our fleet . We were looking ...

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‘Cold Ironing’ confusion lifted

This allows the vessel to shut down its diesel engines thereby cutting all airborne emissions Confusion around a global standard over shore-to-ship electrical connections has recently been addressed by the publication of the IEC 'Publicly Available Standard' (IEC/ISO/IEEE 60092-510).This is aimed at ensuring global compatibility for connections, communication and protection, a leading engineering company said.UK-based ABB Marine and Cranes is promoting what it sees as the huge environmental and commercial benefits in the use of shore-to-ship high voltage electrical connection technology.Also known as 'cold ironing' and 'alternative marine power' this is essentially the port operator providing a connection to the local electricity network for the vessel.This allows the vessel to shut down its diesel engines thereby cutting all airborne emissions (CO2, plus other emissions such as NOx, SOx and particulate matter).In addition to the significant benefit to the environment, a reduction in noise pollution and vibration is realised, which has a positive effect on local communities, ABB said.Stuart Melling, ABB Marine and Crane business unit account manager said "This development removes some of the uncertainty a port and vessel operator would have around investing in this technology. The environmental benefits are clear, most of our customers accept this but also ...

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