ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will supply its onboard motion monitoring and forecasting system to the Xiang Rui Kou heavy lift vessel, meaning the entire fleet of Cosco Heavy Transport now benefits from the software. The system that will be installed is a mixed software and motion measurement set-up that on one hand provides a clear advice on how to operate the vessel and her cargo through heavy weather, and on the other hand gives clear warnings on the bridge when certain motion thresholds are exceeded.
Heavy Lift Vessel Xiang Rui Kou - Image: ABB
“Ship operators are increasingly looking at ways to exploit the increased connectivity of ships and ABB has compelling Marine Software solutions to increase safety and efficiency,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business unit.
ABB and Cosco Heavy Transport have a track record of successful cooperation with ABB’s decision support system onboard six of its semi-submersible vessels for several years. Cosco’s semi-submersible newbuild, Xiang He Kou, is also currently being outfitted with ABB’s Motion monitoring & forecasting system.
Marc Beerendonk, Director of Engineering from Cosco Heavy Transport said, “Now we have connected all our vessels to this software we are able to fully utilize ABB’s Fleet Portal, so all the motion related data collected from the whole fleet can be tracked and benchmarked. By doing so, we are able to increase the safety of the voyages and the comfort level of our client significantly.”
The motion and forecasting system combines wave measurements, weather forecasts, and navigation with ship characteristics, loading conditions, and motion sensor measurements. This facilitates continuous monitoring as well as simulation and forecasting of the ship responses and performance. Warnings can be instigated for possible hazards and their consequences.
Xiang Rui Kou has a cargo deck of 177 meters by 43 meters with a deadweight of more than 48,000 tonnes.