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Tuesday, November 23, 2021 

To meet the growing market demand for a straightforward entry to digitalisation, ABB has launched a new solution for collecting and recording vessel performance data onboard, known as ABB Ability OneBox Marine Signals Monitoring.

The system transfers the signals from shipboard sensors to cloud infrastructure for access and analysis by the shipowner. ABB believes that increased insight and continuous learning about the ship performance will enable smarter decision making to improve operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption. Based on the information, shipowners can calculate fuel consumption and evaluate the possible need for further action to ensure compliance with the IMO EEXI (Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index) and CII (Carbon Intensity Indicator) targets.

Antto Shemeikka, Head of Digital Services, ABB Marine & Ports, said: “With many in merchant shipping seeking a cost-efficient way to kick-start their digital transformation journey, we are delighted to add OneBox to the solutions ABB offers to market. OneBox can be implemented quickly, cost-efficiently and with minimum effort, and upgraded seamlessly to keep pace with changing digital demands. Owners with no previous experience of digitalising the operations of their vessels can gain valuable information about ship performance and transform their operational decision making onboard existing ships, for example by utilising integrated signals from the ECDIS, fuel systems, engines, and shaft power meter.”

OneBox is said to be straightforward to install and maintain, with commissioning performed either on board or remotely, and future-proof, as it is compatible with any platform that allows data analysis and interpretation and can be scaled up to include sensors from additional equipment. Vessel operating data can be visualised using ABB analytics software such as ABB Ability Marine Fleet Intelligence real-time fleet monitoring and analysis, ABB Ability Genix Industrial Analytics and AI Suite, or a third-party web-based platform.

Shemeikka added: “OneBox demonstrates our commitment to supporting shipping companies with their digitalisation strategies. By continuing to provide shipowners with intelligent digital solutions, we are contributing to a smarter, greener and more efficient marine environment.”

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