ABB and shipping company Wallenius Marine have opened the doors of the first Oversea Fleet Support Centre. The centre is to help shipping companies improve environmental, technical and voyage performance.

One of the maritime industry’s first digital and fleet support centres to be developed as a service, Oversea provides recommendations to help vessels, across all types and fleet sizes, achieve measurable performance improvements, leading to reduced fuel consumption and emissions. Oversea leverages ABB’s expertise in ship technologies and the ABB Ability Genix Industrial Analytics and AI IoT platform, combined with ship management and vessel performance management knowledge from Wallenius Marine.

Located in Stockholm, Sweden, the Oversea Fleet Support Centre allows ship managers, onboard crew, and the Oversea Centre experts to use the same platform and data to work jointly on problem solving and improving operational efficiency. Shipping companies can rely on the centre’s experts for daily advice, periodic performance reviews and reporting, with the effectiveness of decisions made transparent to all parties.

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Pilot projects

The Stockholm centre will also be working on pilot projects to continuously develop and enhance the Oversea offering. Ongoing pilot projects include the Oversea “Technical” optimisation module (hull & propeller, main engine efficiency/condition) and the monitoring, forecasting and breakdown function, which is in line with the International Maritime Organization’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII).

The projects will also establish the “integrated system for tasks” to keep track of all interaction between the Oversea Fleet Support Centre and the customer vessels and office. This will deliver more structured workflows for distributing, approving, and closing requests/recommendations to ensure that actions for improving operational performance are executed.

‘We look forward to many shipowners and operators utilising Oversea in the efforts to improve the operational performance of their fleets,’ says Jyri Jusslin, head of Marine Service and Digital, ABB Marine & Ports. ‘We are excited to invite our customers to the newly opened Oversea Fleet Support Centre and show them what we do, how we work and how we can best support them in making their shipping operations more efficient and, ultimately, more sustainable.’

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ABB in SWZ|Maritime

SWZ|Maritime’s December 2023 issue features a special on Finland’s maritime industry. Included is an article on ABB, which produces its biggest, most sophisticated, and most advanced Azipod thrusters at a factory in ABB’s Marine House in the Port of Helsinki, 18 km east of the Finnish capital. The Oversea Centre is also discussed in this article. Curious about our Finland special? Subscribers can read it online now or become a subscriber today.

Picture: The Oversea Fleet Support Centre (by ABB).

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