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Thursday, October 28, 2021 

ABB has launched an automation system, C-CAMs, which is applied to vessel systems, power management, cargo control and tank gauging, improving efficiency and safety by enabling faster troubleshooting and maintenance as well as enhanced situational awareness.

It is believed to be the first marine automation solution to feature a mobile application overview of system data, with the ABB Ability Edgenius Operations Data Manager providing access to the alarm and monitoring data regardless of the user’s location onboard.

Stian Torkildsen, Global Product Line Manager, Automation and Control Solutions, ABB Marine & Ports, said: “C-CAMs integrates easily with relevant vessel systems and can be accessed and serviced remotely to facilitate maintenance and repair. In addition, modern connectivity options and interfaces allow crew to access automation-system data throughout the ship via mobile devices, so the solution benefits onboard personnel as well as the vessel owner.”

The system is cyber secure by design and built on reliable and robust hardware that offers a long service life for all components. High uptime is supported by system redundancy, while safety margins are considered to be higher than for comparable systems in the market.

Thanks to the I/O system design with spring terminals, C-CAMs is easy to retrofit, and installation costs are about 50% lower than for conventional marine automation systems.

Rune Braastad, Business Line Manager Marine Systems, ABB Marine & Ports, added: “We are proud to build on ABB’s long history in power and automation technologies and expand our automation offering to the oceangoing vessels in the marine commercial fleet. The C-CAMs automation system offers major benefits for shipyards and shipowners, enabling faster engineering, installation and commissioning compared to traditional automation systems, ultimately resulting in a lower total cost of ownership.”

As part of ABB’s efforts to drive marine digitalisation forward, the C-CAMs scope of supply comprises operator stations, I/O cards and CPUs with cabinets, network equipment and an alarm and extension system. Spares and technical support are accessible worldwide. Shipowners can specify the inclusion of ABB’s Power Energy Management System (PEMS), which allows optimal use of a vessel’s total power resources to promote safe, efficient and environmentally friendly operations.

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