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ASEA Master upgrade to Advant control system for Oden icebreaker's Arctic Coring Expedition

Migration without a hitch, saving 40 % of the cost

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In 2004 Sweden's largest icebreaker Oden assisted the high-profile research mission of Arctic Coring Expedition, ACEX. The mission was to drill about 450 meters into the sediment of the seabed of the Arctic Ocean at 1200 meters water depth. The sediment cores will be used for reconstruction of the environmental history over the past 56 million years in the Artic. Prior to this extremely demanding mission, the control system onboard Oden was upgraded by ABB.

Like driving into a brick wall

Deep-sea drilling from a ship is problematic. Once the drill reaches the seabed, the drill ship must keep its position within a few tens of meters. To keep station, not being caught up in the drifting sea-ice, the drill ship needs assistance from icebreakers.

For this reason Oden and the nuclear driven Russian icebreaker Sovetskiy Soyuz worked day and night to keep the drilling vessel Vidar Viking free. The Russian ship broke large ice floes into bergy bits, while Oden crushed them into pieces of the size the drilling ship could withstand while drilling. Old multi-year ice floes are thick and tough – colliding with them is like driving into a brick wall.

The control system on board Oden corresponds to a fairly large industrial plant. Everything is controlled, from the four giant engines to the cooling, heating, ballast tanks, water pumps, ventilation, electrical supply, power generation, and lighting.

Main facts

Industry Marine
Customer B&N Hornet
Country Sweden
Solutions

    Upgrade from Master to Advant workstations and controllers
    S100 I/Os for 3200 channels retained, including cabling

    Everything is controlled, from the four giant engines to the cooling, heating, ballast tanks, water pumps, ventilation, electrical supply, power generation, and lighting.
    The mission was a five-weeks long, 24-hours-a-day operation, about 200 kilometers from the North Pole.

    The control equipment on board Oden corresponds to a larger industrial plant.

    Thomas Strömnäs, Second Officer onboard Oden

    Control system evolution path

    ABB has developed comprehensive solutions with different levels of step-wise evolution for the ABB Master family, introduced as ASEA Master (MasterPiece controller, MasterView HMI) in 1984, and the Advant Master family (AC450 controller, Advant Station HMI) introduced in 1992.

    ABB evolution experts made a complete review of Oden's old control system in order to identify modernization opportunities which offered the greatest ROI at the time of the upgrade*:

    * For the current modernization scenarios recommended by ABB please refer to ASEA Master and Advant Master DCS System Evolution offering.

    “We saved 40 % of the cost”
    Claes Benson, head of the five icebreakers owned by the B&N daughter company Hornet

    "Oden's upgraded control system is the best purchase of control equipment we have ever done to our icebreakers. The migration worked without a hitch and with the solution ABB proposed we saved 40 % of the cost. The smaller icebreakers were upgraded earlier, which became a much costlier affair."

    “The best grade I can give”

    The five-weeks, 24-hours-a-day operation among sizable ice floes created very difficult operating conditions for all equipment on board. On one occasion a 6-meter thick ice floe approached the drilling ship and Oden had to manage it before it seriously interfered with the drilling process.
    Thomas Strömnäs, Second Officer

    "We had only one choice and that was to speed up and drive up onto the ice. Oden was lifted 2 meters into the air. The forces at play when Oden hit the ice and then fell onto it were enormous. The fact that the new ABB equipment survived this episode is remarkable. Other equipment on the ship did not."

    Dahn Joelsson, Chief Engineer and Technical Supervisor

    "The battering from the ice, the vibrations and the sudden thumps formed the toughest conceivable environment for technical equipment. The ABB control system has functioned absolutely reliably and without a single incident during the whole journey to the Arctic and back. That's the best grade I can give."

    "The fact that the new ABB equipment survived this episode is remarkable. Other equipment on the ship did not."

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