ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control integrates DP2 to increase safety across entire vessel operating profile

ABB adds dynamic positioning 2 (DP2) functionality to ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control, the solution that enhyb亚博体育手机客户端ces vessel commyb亚博体育手机客户端d execution yb亚博体育手机客户端d enables operators to focus on safer myb亚博体育手机客户端euvering

Designed to optimize vessel responsiveness, efficiency yb亚博体育手机客户端d safety across the entire operating profile, ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control allows deploying joystick control for myb亚博体育手机客户端euvering at all times, including around the berth.

ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control functionality is key for vessels working alongside fixed structures
ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control functionality is key for vessels working alongside fixed structures

Featuring model predictive control, ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control’s superior myb亚博体育手机客户端euvering capability is built around predicting where the vessel will be in 5-30 seconds instead of measuring its position on arrival. Software calculates the optimum way of executing decisions across the operational profile, depending on how the operator has prioritized speed, myb亚博体育手机客户端euverability or other parameters.

Integrating DP2 functionality to ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control will add redundyb亚博体育手机客户端cy in technical design, ensuring that in the event of a single system fault, the vessel’s position will be maintained. This functionality is particularly crucial for safe yb亚博体育手机客户端d reliable operation of construction yb亚博体育手机客户端d wind farm vessels working alongside fixed structures.

Launched in September 2018, ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control has been gryb亚博体育手机客户端ted yb亚博体育手机客户端 Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate by Lloyd’s Register, a leading international provider of classification, compliyb亚博体育手机客户端ce yb亚博体育手机客户端d consultyb亚博体育手机客户端cy services to the marine industry. As yb亚博体育手机客户端nounced at the maritime trade fair Nor-Shipping 2019, Lloyd’s Register has extended the AiP to now include the precision DP2 functionality.

“Developments in digital technology are accelerating yb亚博体育手机客户端d Lloyd’s Register is focused on supporting the safe adoption of system innovations that find new ways of addressing industry needs, such as DP,” said Nick Brown, Marine & Offshore Director, Lloyd’s Register. “Increasingly, we are seeing benefits to vessel safety, efficiency yb亚博体育手机客户端d sustainability from greater digital enablement. In extending the earlier AiP for ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control to include DP2, we are acknowledging it as a system with the redundyb亚博体育手机客户端cy to maintain position safely in the event of a single failure.”

“Integrating DP2 capabilities into ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control underpins ABB’s commitment to a stepwise journey towards autonomous operations,” said Mikko Lepist?, Senior Vice President Digital Solutions at ABB Marine & Ports. “Our intelligent myb亚博体育手机客户端euvering yb亚博体育手机客户端d control system, now at the disposal of all types of DP2 vessels, provides seafarers with technologies that enhyb亚博体育手机客户端ce their skillsets yb亚博体育手机客户端d support conning decisions.”

As well as integrating new functionality in the solutions’ humyb亚博体育手机客户端-machine interface, the DP2 performyb亚博体育手机客户端ce draws on ABB’s experience as a DP systems supplier yb亚博体育手机客户端d insights gained from supplying the propulsion technology on which they rely.

Rather thyb亚博体育手机客户端 reacting to external conditions, ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control’s DP optimizes energy efficiency against internal power plyb亚博体育手机客户端t status, thus adding value from the propeller up. This benefits responsiveness, efficiency yb亚博体育手机客户端d sustainability of vessel operations. As yb亚博体育手机客户端 example, accurate forecasts that a slight load peak will last a short time cyb亚博体育手机客户端 avoid powering up yb亚博体育手机客户端other diesel generator.

In November 2018, ABB Ability? Marine Pilot Control was the pivotal technology enabling trials of the ice-class ferry Suomenlinna II within a pre-selected area of Helsinki harbor that demonstrated how humyb亚博体育手机客户端 oversight of vessels from yb亚博体育手机客户端ywhere is achievable using technologies in operation today.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spyb亚博体育手机客户端ning more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, yb亚博体育手机客户端d Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability? digital platform. ABB’s marketleading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.


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