ABB Diagnostics Software Spurs Fuel Savings
By Jack Burke16 September 2020
ABB said it will install its engine diagnostics software ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT on 12 bulk carriers operated by Shanghai Ming Wah Shipping Co. after trials showed substantial fuel savings.
During the trials, ABB Ability Tekomar XPERT helped Shang Ming Wah save 0.62 tons of fuel per day on each of four ships. One vessel, with a MAN B&W 6S42MC main engine, recorded a fuel saving of 4.3g/kWh, highlighting the significant fuel consumption advantages the software can bring to high-powered engines in particular, ABB said. The lower fuel use will lead to reducing fleetwide CO2 emissions by an anticipated 5800 tons a year, the company said.
Tekomar XPERT analyses turbocharger and engine performance to provide pre-emptive warnings and recommendations which can prevent engine failures. In one notable example, Tekomar XPERT helped Shanghai Ming Wah detect high cylinder pressure in one engine. High pressures increase the mechanical load on cylinder components and can lead to operational hazards.
“With changing market conditions, Shanghai Ming Wah is embracing digital technologies while improving management efficiency, which will enable us to retain our full strength and market competitiveness,” said Chen Qiuhua, General Manager, Shanghai Ming Wah Ship Management Center. “ABB is our trusted partner and the Tekomar XPERT digital solution helps our fleet optimize operations while creating a better experience for our customers.”