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Thursday, August 1, 2019 

ABB has won a contract to supply ABB Ability Remote Diagnostic Systems to 11 Sovcomflot vessels operating in the Arctic and Russia’s Far East, helping optimise safety and performance through 24/7 remote support.

Sovcomflot’s vessels will be among over 1,000 ships connected to ABB Ability Collaborative Operation Centres worldwide, enabling ABB experts to monitor operational shipboard systems, coordinate remote equipment diagnostics and offer predictive maintenance services. This can be crucial for vessels operating in remote areas. The recently inaugurated Marine Service Centre in Murmansk, Russia, adds local language support into the offering for Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company.

Sovcomflot is said to operate the largest fleet of ice-going vessels powered by ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. The contract with ABB covers eight shuttle tankers that serve some of Russia’s significant export developments, Varandey, Novy Port and Prirazlomnoye. The other three ships are ice-breaking supply vessels deployed in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of the Sakhalin-1 project.

“Predictive monitoring of critical equipment onboard and maintenance support that is available 24/7 will be introduced seamlessly into Sovcomflot’s operations as part of our continuous commitment to enhancing vessel safety and reliability of vessel operations,” said Igor Tonkovidov, Executive VP and COO/CTO Sovcomflot. “ABB has been integral to Sovcomflot’s success in serving major energy projects in the harshest environments possible. As ABB brings its digital and connected remote monitoring solutions to a new level, we see a good opportunity to make the most of them in our continuous drive to operational excellence.”

“With close to 30 years of experience in delivering Azipod electric propulsion to vessels operating in polar conditions, ABB Marine & Ports is delighted to support Sovcomflot’s frontrunning step in the digitalisation that is driving greater ship efficiency, safety and reliability, as well as enhancing lifecycle support,” said Juha Koskela, MD ABB Marine & Ports.

ABB Ability Marine Remote Diagnostic System (RDS) deploys sensor-driven onboard monitoring software that fully integrates with analytics ashore. ABB states that there are clear maintenance savings available to owners that commit to the RDS package as digitally connected on-duty engineers can solve cases remotely 24/7, thus reducing visits to vessels by 30%.

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