The Ice-class passenger ferry Suomenlinna II was remotely piloted through test area near Helsinki harbour. This was the world’s first remote trial for an existing passenger ferry, which aimed to prove that human oversight of vessels remotely is achievable with today’s technologies.
Nokia, ABB and Kalmar successfully conducted industrial trials that use the low latency capabilities of 5G to support applications and improve protection and efficiency in smart electricity grid and harbor automation. The trials are part of the Wireless for Verticals research project.
ABB and SINTEF Ocean are conducting a research to test the viability of fuel cells as an energy source for main ship propulsion. The research aims to address challenges regarding fuel cell technology to power commercial and passenger ships. Hydrogen as fuel convert directly to electricity and heat without combustion.
ABB released a report analyzing how today’s ships can occasionally sail the oceans with unmanned bridges. The report says that current technology may be able to provide the necessary framework, under which unmanned bridges can become a reality. The reduced workload will reduce fatigue and increase performance.
A new collaboration between six organisations, called 'Electromobility for Shipping', intends to promote shipping electrification, with the aim of a more sustainable future in the maritime sector. The organisations will jointly contribute to climate-smart shipping, international competitiveness and increased export opportunities for green technologies.
Hudong-Zhonghua and ABB chose the Roxtec EMC sealing system, in order to withstand offshore conditions. Namely, Roxtec cable transits are used for the electric propulsion system and the reliquefaction system.
ABB released an announcement informing that it will provide the Australian oil and gas company, Woodside, with a PowerStore Battery storage system, capable of remote management of operations and service. The system will be installed on the Goodwyn A platform.
ABB Turbocharging announced that it managed to achieve a new low-speed turbocharging efficiency, as an increase of 2 percent was made, by performing the measurement on an actual engine on an engine testbed.
ABB announced the launch of 'ABB Ability Marine Pilot Vision'. A system that offers the possibility for officers to remotely control a ship and provides real-time visualizations of a vessel’s surroundings.
Electric power can enhance a vessel’s fuel consumption and can make room for the use of other energy sources, like batteries and fuel cells. Therefore, ABB adopts a new approach to coincide with industry’s transition towards the use of new energy sources and automated ship operations.