ABB has announced it will provide the technology that will help three vessels safely carry out construction and maintenance tasks up to 5 km under water. The vessels will be equipped with ABB’s OCTOPUS software, which uses sensors and the Internet of Things, Services and People (IoTSP) to interpret weather conditions. This enables the crew to make informed decisions during sensitive operations. The ships are to be manufactured for Ultra Deep Solutions at CSIC Huangpu Wuchang Shipbuilding Company Ltd and China Merchants Heavy Industry.
The largest vessel’s apparatus will include two remotely operated underwater vessels (ROVs) that will dive up to 3000 m, and a 400 t crane that can drop 5200 m. It will measure 142 m in length. The vessels also will feature ABB generators, motors, drives and switchboards.
The OCTOPUS suite of products provides onboard decision support and operational advice during weather-sensitive offshore operations by monitoring and forecasting vessel motions.
Juha Koskela, Managing Director of ABB’s Marine and Ports business, said: “The broad scope of supply we have on these vessels is a demonstration of the wide range of solutions we have to offer the maritime sector. These vessels will benefit from some of the most established software and hardware technologies in the shipping industry.”
Jithu Sukumaran Nair, General Manager of Shipbuilding at Ultradeep Solutions said: “We are proud to be the first offshore vessel operator in the world to install the OCTOPUS weather monitoring system on board high tech dive vessels.”
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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