Nine Tengiz field heavy lift ships to use ABB's OCTOPUS software

COSCO Shipping  module transporter COSCO Shipping module transporter

JUNE 5, 2018 — ABB has secured a series of contracts that will see nine heavy lift vessels servicing the extension of Kazakhstan's Tengiz oil field use its OCTOPUS software.

The vessels will use the software to map the optimal route, based on weather and forecasted vessel motions, as they transport giant modules to the Tengizchevroil (TCO) operated oil field.

TCO has contracted China's COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd. to carry out the transportation work, which will see modules weighing up to 1,800 tons moved from fabrication yards in Korea and Europe to the transshipment ports in the Black and Baltic seas. From there, the modules will be further transported to western Kazakhstan.

COSCO Shipping Co. has subcontracted part of the work to its partners – NYK Group, Chung Yang Shipping, Dongbang Transport Logistics, Hanjin Transportation and CJ Korea Express – which resulted in a string of new orders for OCTOPUS. As part of the delivery, ABB will also install sensors on each vessel to generate real-time roll and motion data for both the cargo and vessel. This information, accessible to officers on the bridge and support teams ashore, is critical to ensuring high levels of safety and cargo protection. As part of the implementation, ABB will, through its ABB Ability Platform, make defined data points available for the expansion project through Cloud-to-Cloud Integration, enabling TCO to monitor specific key point indicators and project progress.

"Together with our partners, we have been contracted to ensure the safe and timely delivery of project modules into Kazakhstan," said Marc Beerendonk, Chief Operating Officer, Cosco Shipping Heavy Transport. "We already have considerable experience of using ABB's OCTOPUS software, as our own semi-submersible heavy lift fleet has used the system for a number of years. We look forward to taking this collaboration a step further and rolling out this highly effective technology across the heavy lift ships in the TCO transportation and logistics contract."

"The contract demonstrates once again that OCTOPUS has become the industry standard solution for predicting and measuring motions on semi-submersible heavy lift vessels," said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. "One of the reasons for the system's popularity is that it can be easily scaled. This means that more functionality can be added to meet the requirements of different owners and operators, as well as for specific transportation contracts."

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