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Thursday, February 25, 2021 

United Wind Logistics’ module deck carrier 'VestVind' is to rely on ABB Ability Marine Advisory System Octopus to support real-time decision making as it transports large windfarm components such as turbines, foundations and blades to offshore installation sites

By minimising unwanted vessel motions and accelerations, the Octopus software will help protect high-value payloads in transit, at the same time boosting vessel efficiency by optimising the route based on vessel motions resulting from weather and wave conditions. This will allow the module deck carrier to increase its operational window, during which it will be able to perform tasks safely and efficiently even during weather-sensitive operations.

Installation of ABB’s solution on board the 130m 10,238 dwt VestVind follows successful application on board United Wind’s module deck carriers BoldWind and BraveWind, both delivered in 2020.

ABB estimates that the platform, which is simply installed at newbuild stage or as a retrofit, supports 90% of the semi-submersible heavy lift ships in operation worldwide.

Antto Shemeikka, VP Digital Services, ABB Marine and Ports, said: "ABB is proud that customers in the offshore wind farm segment are showing as much trust in Octopus software as it has in other parts of the heavy lift vessel market. The growing demand for the offshore wind power calls for larger wind turbines, and the installation of these, in turn, requires larger, more sophisticated vessels. Insights into the motions of these vessels becomes more significant from the safety point of view and of greater value to charterers needing to evaluate movements of special loads.”

Christoph Puschmann, MD United Wind Logistics, said: “The benefits of ABB’s marine advisory system continue to prove compelling. As demand for larger wind farm components grows and we are tasked with transporting heavier and ever-more expensive cargoes, the importance of motion monitoring and forecasting only increases. We look forward to reaping the same safety and efficiency benefits onboard VestVind as we have secured for our newbuildings BoldWind and BraveWind.”

ABB Ability Marine Fleet Portal implementation is also as part of the scope, making the benefits of Octopus on board available to stakeholders ashore. The Fleet Portal allows vessel and cargo owners to view the status and location of assets online and gives access to reports sent from ship to server to ensure peace of mind during high-stakes operations.

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