In a repeat order, the new Tallink ropax ‘MyStar’ will join the growing number of vessels to benefit from sustainability and efficiency gains enabled by ABB’s patented Ability Marine Advisory Systems – OCTOPUS.
‘MyStar’, due for delivery from the Finnish shipyard Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) in 2022, will be deployed by Tallink on the 80 km cross Baltic route between Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland.
OCTOPUS’ optimisation software will collect and transfer operational data from the vessel’s on board systems to the ABB Ability Marine Fleet portal – a solution that provides remote monitoring and a detailed performance analysis.
Based on these insights, OCTOPUS offers operational advice, empowering the shipboard personnel to make informed decisions about the way the ferry is operated and optimise its performance, ABB claimed.
Collecting and analysing data through OCTOPUS has helped identify fuel savings potential for the two existing Tallink ropaxes–’Megastar’ and ’Star’.
On the ’Megastar’, adjustments to the vessel manoeuvring in Tallinn and Helsinki saved 5% of the energy consumed during manoeuvring in one port and up to 13% in the other.
Meanwhile, according to OCTOPUS, improved auxiliary engine management on the ’Star’ cut annual auxiliary engine fuel consumption by close to 4%.
Successful use of the OCTOPUS system on two Tallink shuttle ferries and the close relationship between the owner and supplier were key in choosing ABB’s software for ’MyStar’, according to Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management at Tallink Grupp. “We are very pleased to install OCTOPUS on the new shuttle ferry ’MyStar’.
We have already seen what this software can achieve on board ’Star’ and ’Megastar’ installations through energy savings, performance gains and environmental benefits. The system has proven itself vital both for seagoing and onshore personnel,” said Tuulik.
“ABB is proud that Tallink has seen clear benefits from using our performance optimisation software, and we are pleased to supply another OCTOPUS system for ’MyStar’. We expect to see high energy efficiency gains as the software generates more insights into optimised operations,” said ABB Marine & Ports’ Head of Digital Services, Antto Shemeikka.
’Mystar’s’ OCTOPUS setup will comprise five separate modules – Advanced Performance Monitoring, Dynamic Trim, Clean Hull, Specific Fuel Oil Consumption (SFOC) Monitoring, and Powerplant Optimiser.
In total, the OCTOPUS system offers 13 different monitoring and optimisation modules, enabling vessels of all types to benefit from a flexible setup enabling increased efficiencies, safety and availability, ABB claimed.