Heavy Lift Vessels and Heavy Cargo Vessels

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Ease the complexity of offshore heavy lift operations with ABB’s integrated solutions for vessels including Semi-Submersible Heavy Lift Vessels (SSHLV) and Semi-Submersible Crane Vessels (SSCV), Project Cargo vessels, Open Deck Cargo vessels  and Crane vessels.

Our Electric. Digital and Connected solutions include propulsion, electrical solutions and a complete digital portfolio, to assist operations and make your vessel as safe, efficient and easy as possible. As an example, OCTOPUS decision support suggests the optimal route depending on weather and wave patterns, to make it easier to define the right route and time to complete the job ahead.

Be safer

Better situational awareness combined with more responsive Azipod® thrusters for a safer journey and lower collision risk when docking.

Higher quality systems

Avoid downtime with high quality systems backed by predictive maintenance and 24/7 global support.

Increase availability and reliability

Operate continuously, with redundant system design and a highly available power and propulsion system currently at 99,8% vessel uptime measured from 15 million operating hours.

Onboard DC Grid

The Onboard DC Grid is a step forward in optimized propulsion and is an extension of multiple DC links that already exist in propulsion and thruster drives. Onboard DC Grid enables us to combine the advantage of AC components with a new smart DC distribution. Just as variable speed drive allows the electric propulsion motors to be run at their optimum working point, Onboard DC Grid allows the diesel engines to run at variable speed for top fuel efficiency at each load level. And, the Onboard DC Grid enables full flexibility in combining energy sources, including renewables.


The OCTOPUS software can be called an industry standard on the heavy cargo ships. System enables prediction and optimization to ensure best possible operation of the vessel. OCTOPUS has many new features to predict and improve the energy production and consumption on the vessel.

When using OCTOPUS onboard a vessel, the operating crew has access to a state of the art decision support toolbox that optimizes safe and efficient voyage execution. OCTOPUS assists ship officers and engineers in making real time decisions enabling them to be proactive in safety and efficiency actions, resulting in more immediate benefits than just traditional post voyage analysis.

ABB´s Azipod® propulsion - saving space, increasing efficiency

For a heavy cargo ship design, the space saving is an important advantage compared to most other vessel types. Eliminating onboard propulsion motors and shaftlines enables more rigid aft-ship hull structure and frees more space for ballast water tanks.

The advantages of Azipod® thrusters
- High efficiency throughout the power range
- Thrust available in any direction
- Less moving parts
- Low maintenance need
- Space saving due to absence of onboard propulsion motor and shafting







Reference case
Dockwise Vanguard - OCTOPUS onboard the largest and most advanced heavy lift vessel ever built



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