ABB to enhance safety of Sovcomflot’s ice-going fleet with remote diagnostics support

ABB has won a contract to supply ABB Ability™ Remote Diagnostic Systems for Marine to eleven Sovcomflot vessels operating in the Arctic and Russia’s Far East, helping optimize safety and performance through 24/7 remote support

  • Arctic shuttle tanker Mikhail Ulyanov equipped with ABB’s RDS system, by the Prirazlomnaya offshore platform
  • Marine Service Center in Murmansk, Russia
  • Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov equipped with ABB’s RDS system, near the Arctic Gates terminal in the Kara Sea
  • Ice-breaking supply vessel Aleksey Chirikov equipped with ABB’s RDS system, serves production platforms of the Sakhalin-1 project

Sovcomflot’s vessels will be among over 1,000 ships connected to ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operation Centers worldwide. From here, ABB experts monitor operational shipboard systems, coordinate remote equipment diagnostics and offer predictive maintenance services – 24/7. This can be especially crucial for vessels operating in remote areas. The recently inaugurated Marine Service Center in Murmansk, Russia, adds local language support into the offering, which is particularly relevant for customers such as Sovcomflot – Russia’s largest shipping company.

Sovcomflot, a leader in energy shipping, operates the world’s largest fleet of ice-going vessels powered by ABB’s Azipod® electric propulsion. The contract with ABB covers eight shuttle tankers that serve some of Russia’s most significant export developments in a generation, Varandey, Novy Port and Prirazlomnoye. The other three ships are ice-breaking supply vessels deployed in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of the Sakhalin-1 project.

“Predictive monitoring of critical equipment onboard and maintenance support that is available 24/7 will be introduced seamlessly into Sovcomflot’s operations as part of our continuous commitment to enhancing vessel safety and reliability of vessel operations,” says Igor Tonkovidov, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating / Chief Technical Officer, Sovcomflot. “ABB has been integral to Sovcomflot’s success in serving major energy projects in the harshest environments possible. As ABB brings its digital and connected remote monitoring solutions to a new level, we see a good opportunity to make the most of them in our continuous drive to operational excellence.”

“With close to 30 years of experience in delivering Azipod® electric propulsion to vessels operating in polar conditions, ABB Marine & Ports is delighted to support Sovcomflot’s frontrunning step in the digitalization that is driving greater ship efficiency, safety and reliability, as well as enhancing lifecycle support,” says Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports.

ABB Ability™ Marine Remote Diagnostic System (RDS) deploys sensor-driven onboard monitoring software that fully integrates with analytics ashore. ABB states that there are clear maintenance savings available to owners that commit to the RDS package as digitally connected on-duty engineers can solve cases remotely 24/7, thus reducing visits to vessels by 30%.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market‑leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

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