Analyzing fleet-wide data to find energy savings

ABB’s integrated operations centers study data from multiple ships to provide fleet-wide energy efficiencies.

Marine Fleet Management

Multiple ships, fragmented information

Fleet managers have to deal with similar issues across many individual ships, which can make it hard to see the bigger picture. How could intelligence from one ship provide value to them all? How much could fleet-wide intelligence save the company on fuel costs? How much would this impact the company's environmental footprint? How could operators on board benefit from the collective advice of experts on land? 

An armada of data, via the cloud

ABB Ability™ solutions collect data from each ship’s propulsion systems in real time, including variations in speed, draft, water depth, wind and waves. Then through the Industrial Internet of Things it analyzes the data, drawing on ABB’s expert knowledge of the marine industry, to provide recommendations that can be applied throughout the fleet. Results can be jointly viewed and implemented quickly by the company.

  • Information is applied in real time, as opposed to traditional post-voyage analysis
  • Vessel operators can receive advice on the optimum trim in any weather condition
  • Propeller speed can be optimized for significant savings, factoring in intended route, required ETA, weather forecasts and vessel characteristics
  • Fleet managers can access data about fuel consumption, speed advice, propulsion power analysis and hull cleanliness
  • Recommendations can be made for current journeys and future ones

Benefits for captains and crews

  • Improved journey and route planning
  • On-ship advice optimizes navigational decision-making
  • Reduced maintenance and delays
  • Crew instructions are clarified and sped up


Benefits for fleet controllers everywhere

  • Onshore management obtains full visibility of fleet-wide energy consumption
  • Up to 5 percent reduction in propulsion energy costs
  • Reduced CO2 emissions for a smaller carbon footprint
  • Energy loss due to propeller RPM fluctuations reduced to as low as 1 percent
  • Simulations can be run for future design improvements