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ABB to equip two new AET shuttle tankers

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018

Two 125,000dwt twin-skeg shuttle tankers currently being built at Samsung Heavy Industries for Malaysia’s AET are to be equipped with a range of power and automation features supplied by ABB.

The two shuttle tankers are to be operated by Statoil (Illustration: ABB)

The two vessels, it is claimed, will deliver more efficiency and lower emissions than any comparable tanker, saving up to 1,000 tonnes of fuel a year, equivalent to a 10-12% reduction as compared with similar-sized shuttle tankers.
The ships, which are to be chartered to Norwegian state energy firm Statoil ASA upon delivery in 2019, will have ABB’s Onboard DC GridTM installations, a flexible power system well suited to the integration of variable speed generators, energy storage and new energy sources such as fuel cells. ABB’s AbilityTM Marine Remote Diagnostic System will also be installed on board the tankers, reducing the number of service engineer visits and cutting ship maintenance costs by up to 50%. Safety and reliability will be enhanced through predictive monitoring.
Juha Koskela, managing director of ABB Marine & Ports, commented: “These state-of-the-art tankers will have a service life of up to 30 years, operating in the harsh winter conditions of the North Sea. They need to be robust, competitive, capable of meeting anticipated environmental regulations and prepared for new energy sources. With ABB’s solutions on board, these tankers will be future-proofed for technology and regulations for the years to come.”