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Next Generation Marine Vessels

ABB wins orders for offshore vessels; power system maximizes operational flexibility, safety

Posted on May 19, 2014

Power and automation technology group ABB has won contracts worth more than US$20 million to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two next generation offshore vessels.

ABB will supply a complete power and diesel electric system package comprising medium voltage generators, switchboards, transformers, frequency converters and motors to provide reliable and fuel efficient propulsion, the company said. ABB will also supply complete fire & gas monitoring and control systems.

The first vessel, of ULSTEIN SX165 design, is being constructed at Ulstein Verft in Norway for IslandVentures 11, the joint venture set up in 2012 by U.S. and Norwegian owners Edison Chouest Offshore and Island Offshore. The SX165 will be the largest vessel constructed by Ulstein Verft and is due for delivery in 2015.

The second vessel, for Island Offshore, features the Rolls-Royce UT 777 design for optimal subsea operations including top hole drilling, light well intervention, subsea construction and inspection, maintenance and repair work. This vessel will be constructed at Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan, and delivery is scheduled for 2017.

ABB said its remote diagnostic system (RDS) will help to reduce installation repair time and improve operational safety by providing immediate 24/7assistance from a global technical center.