ABB Marine Presents at IMCA

2012-12-21 - Manuel Kooijman, Technical Manager – Marine Solutions from ABB’s Marine and Crane Services business unit in Aberdeen recently presented at a seminar organised by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), on electrical solutions for saving energy aboard vessels.
More than 440 delegates including vessel owners, technical managers and engineers from over 168 maritime related companies such as BP Shipping, Divex, GL Noble Denton, Heerema Marine Contractors, Maersk, Subsea 7, Technip and Vroon Offshore Services attended the seminar.

The IMCA is the international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. It is a respected voice around the world promoting good practice, particularly in the areas of health, safety and environmental standards, quality and efficiency and technical standards. Good communication with the members via a variety of documents, the website and meetings encourages the sharing of experience, ideas and aspirations between over 800 member companies in more than 60 countries.

The title of the seminar was Marine & Subsea Operations – A Culture of Sustainability. This title was interpreted in various ways, such as:-

    · Affordable marine operations for renewable energy; touching upon economic sustainability
    · Linking training and competence to the safety management system; touching upon social sustainability
    · Impact of marine man-made sounds on marine life; touching upon environmental sustainability

ABB’s paper and presentation touched upon both economic and environmental sustainability, exploring various ways to save electrical energy on a vessel resulting in both a more cost effective vessel and in reduced emissions.

A selection of specific topics were discussed during the presentation including changing cooling systems from Direct-On-Line pump motors to motors equipped with a Variable Frequency Drive, power factor compensation and advisory systems — covering power plant optimisation and trim management. This tied in perfectly with ABB Marine and Crane Services’ portfolio of Energy Efficiency solutions including the EMMA™ advisory system.
At the ABB stand at the seminar, manned by Walter Den-Otter and Stefan Schilperoord from ABB’s Marine and Crane Services’ business unit in Rotterdam, potential customers were able to learn about the full portfolio of Energy Efficiency solutions available to the maritime market. All of ABB’s solutions enable ships to perform at the highest possible fuel and energy efficiency. This then will lead to a significant decrease in NOx, SOx, CO2 and particle emissions.

ABB’s Process Automation division delivers industry specific solutions and services for industrial automation and plant electrification. These solutions help customers meet their critical business needs in the areas of energy efficiency, operational profitability, capital productivity, risk management, and global responsibility. Available industry specific solutions include process control, instrumentation, analytics, safety, plant optimization, telecommunications, energy management and power distribution.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people

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