Swiss-based power and automation technology group ABB is opening its first integrated operations center in Singapore, aiming at increasing ship connectivity.
Specifically, sensors and software onboard a ship send equipment and performance data via satellite link which allows shipowners to monitor the performance of whole fleets.
At the center, ABB will be analyzing data and work with the ship’s onboard and shore-based team to plan maintenance and troubleshoot.
“Our service engineers are available 24/7 but there are clear benefits for customers when they can speak to an engineer who is working during regular working hours with a ships data in front of them,” Mahesh Krishnappa, VP Local Business Unit Manager for ABB’s marine and ports business in Singapore said.
When using the integrated operations, “ship owners could implement a way of working that saves up to 50 percent on dry docking costs on equipment”, the company said.
Data is collected from systems and used as input and maintenance work during dry dockings.
“ABB’s Integrated Operations Center is a real world consequence of big data and increasing connectivity in the shipping world,” Richard Windischhofer, SVP Integrated Operations at ABB’s marine and ports business unit said.