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Tuesday, May 11, 2021 

In a repeat order for ABB, a new passenger and car ferry, to be named 'MyStar' will join a growing number of vessels to benefit from sustainability and efficiency gains enabled by Octopus, the ABB Ability Marine Advisory System.

MyStar, due for delivery from the Finnish Rauma Marine Constructions shipyard in 2022, will be deployed by Estonian ferry operator Tallink on the 80-km trans-Baltic route between Tallinn, Estonia, and Helsinki, Finland. The Octopus optimisation software will collect and transfer operational data from the vessel’s onboard systems to the ABB Ability Marine Fleet Portal to provide remote monitoring and a detailed performance analysis. Based on these insights, Octopus offers operational advice, empowering shipboard personnel to make informed decisions about the way the ferry is operated and optimise its performance.

Collecting and analysing data through Octopus has helped identify fuel savings potential for the two existing Tallink vessels – Megastar and Star. On the Megastar, adjustments to the vessel manoeuvring in Tallinn and Helsinki saved 5% of the energy consumed during manoeuvring in one port and up to 13% in the other. Meanwhile, according to Octopus, improved auxiliary engine management on the Star cut annual auxiliary engine fuel consumption by close to 4%.

Successful use of the Octopus system on two Tallink shuttle vessels and the close relationship between owner and supplier have been key for choosing ABB’s software also for MyStar.

Tarvi-Carlos Tuulik, Head of Ship Management, Tallink Grupp, said: “We are very pleased to install Octopus on the new shuttle ferry MyStar. We have already seen what this software can achieve onboard Star and Megastar installations through energy savings, performance gains and environmental benefits. The system has proven itself vital both for seagoing and onshore personnel.”

“ABB is proud that Tallink has seen clear benefits from using our performance optimisation software, and we are pleased to supply another Octopus system for MyStar. We expect to see high energy efficiency gains as the software generates more insights into optimised operations,” said ABB Marine & Ports’ Head of Digital Services, Antto Shemeikka.

The Octopus setup on board MyStar will comprise five separate modules – Advanced Performance Monitoring, Dynamic Trim, Clean Hull, Specific Fuel Oil Consumption (SFOC) Monitoring, and Powerplant Optimiser. In total, the Octopus system offers 13 different monitoring and optimisation modules, enabling vessels of all types to benefit from a flexible setup enabling increased efficiencies, safety and availability.


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