ABB’s OCTOPUS for four semi-submersible vessels

Juha Koskela, Managing Director. Photo ABB Marine and Ports

By Joseph R. Fonseca

ABB's OCTOPUS marine software will improve the safety
and efficiency of four new semi-submersible heavy lift vessels,
using weather and loading data to plot the optimal route. The
ships, owned by Greenland Heavylift Holdings, will transport
gigantic cargoes such as oil rigs and jack-up rigs, with OCTOPUS
providing a tailored route for each voyage that is updated with
fresh weather data throughout the transportation.

OCTOPUS is the maritime industry's most comprehensive vessel
management software platform and ship owners can choose the
modules most relevant to their operations. In this case, OCTOPUS
will take 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. The information will allow ship's 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 ashore. This information is vital to
enhance safety onboard and as a guide to the condition of cargoes

Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB's marine and ports
business said, "OCTOPUS and the heavy lift industry go
hand-in-glove. Our marine software has become a vital tool for
both the officers onboard and the shore side support team."

Dagfinn Thorsen from Greenland Heavylift Holdings says, "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. 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 expected to go into service in 2017.

Feb 25, 2017

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