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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 

The first Chinese-built hybrid emergency rescue vessel is powered by ABBs bridge-to-propeller technologies, including Azipod electric propulsion, energy storage system and automation and control solutions designed to further optimise operational efficiencies.

Delivered to Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) by Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding, the 78m vessel will be deployed to provide emergency responses at sea and carry out rescue operations. The vessel, Shenhai 01, can be powered by batteries alone for up to three hours of operations, which is particularly crucial for safe rescue operations in areas affected by hazardous gas.

“As the first China-designed and built emergency rescue vessel, Shenhai 01 is ranked among the top technologically advanced ships around the world,” said Xiubin Guo, Deputy Director General, Shenzhen MSA. “ABB is a leading integrated solutions provider, especially for advanced and complex vessels. We are very glad that the first project between MSA and ABB Marine & Ports has been such a great success.”

Alf Kåre Ådnanes, GM ABB Marine & Ports China, said: “We are very proud to contribute to this benchmark project. This project marks the first delivery of our energy storage system in China, and it has been an honour to work with such forward-thinking shipowner and yard from the drawing board all the way to vessel delivery.”

The power setup will be controlled by ABB’s integrated Power and Energy Management System (PEMS), which will optimise the energy use on board. The system controls three sets of diesel generators and two sets of lithium batteries with total capacity of 1680kWh. The PEMS system not only increases vessel power plant performance and diesel engine efficiency, but also supports zero-emission operations in the fully electric mode.

The vessel is powered by twin Azipod electric propulsion units with a combined power of 6MW. ABB’s scope of supply also includes the remote control system for manoeuvring the Azipod units from the bridge.

Shenhai 01’s operations will be remotely monitored and supported by experts from ABB’s network of ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Centres. Remote support and connectivity, together with advanced data analytics enabled by the ABB Ability Remote Diagnostics System, will further enhance the vessel’s operational safety and ensure optimal performance, while helping to promptly detect and correct faults on board. This is particularly important for vessels carrying out rescue operations in remote areas.

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